Date: Tue, 21 Nov 1995 07:19:09 -0500

From: Charity Stafford cls[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WORLD.STD.COM

Subject: Re: PC Language

Kate Catmull wrote:

most of a discussion of PC language snipped

For example, in this discussion, I kind of like some of the terms & ideas

listed as PC ("diversity," for example), and feel neutral about others

(dorm --- residence hall, checkup--- wellness check), while others

(procurement----- purchasing) strike me as foolish and comical.

Does this mean I'm a hopeless lefty, or what?

and later:

And what about my other

lefty and feminist friends who are for multi-culturalism but happen to

like Pinter?

To which Stephen replied:

From: Stephen lwyrnluv[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IGC.NET

As a left-handed person, your use of the terms "lefty" and "hopeless

lefty" struck me as peculiar. As you used them, the terms seem to have a

somewhat negative connotation, which struck me as odd coming from someone

who seems to be concerned about political correctness. I am proud of being

a "lefty" and I certainly do not consider myself "hopeless" as a result.

What's the deal?

Now, Stephen may just possibly be parodying the urge towards

PC language, but I have to say, Kate's original post gave me

a weird feeling, too. I was going to just let it go, but since

Stephen's already entered the fray...

I always thought that people who were on the political left

were left*ists* - those of us who write with our left hands

are the lefties. Apparently in Kate's personal lexicon the

one word does for both groups. However, particularly when

you're talking to left-handed folks, I think this is likely

to cause a certain amount of confusion and possibly consternation.