Date: Thu, 3 Nov 1994 08:32:37 EST From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: offending idioms Isn't PC just another form of the old middle class tendency toward euphemism, you know, the kind that gave us _white meat_ and _dark meat_ and _gentleman cow_? PC always comes across as quaint to folks who lived on the wrong side of the expressway and know even worse terms than the apparently innocent ones vilified by the PC. Sometimes PC and euphemism in general can backfire: I have run into people in Texas and Georgia who refer in the singular to a descendant of African slaves as _a minority_--"A minority just came in here and gave me some trouble about . . . ." The whole euphemism is lost in the sarcastic tone of voice that frames the word. Further, I've just read about a company that tried to produce optimism among workers by referring to problems in production or marketing as _opportunities_. Workers began using the term _opportunity_ in ironic ways: "I hear that he had an opportunity with his car this morning on the way to work. Yeah, he blew out his transmission." An educator experiencing wellness but awaiting the opportunity of passing, Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] BITNET Address: Wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]USCN