Date: Mon, 20 Nov 1995 09:38:13 -0600 From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" Subject: Re: PC Language >After reading two student term papers on politically correct language (one >on parody PC and one on serious PC), I am having a hard time distinguishing >between parody and serious intent. > >My question, however, has to do with who makes up the body of PC activists. > College professors? Feminists? Special ed teachers? Minority activists? > Males who want to work at Hooters? The super-ego? > >Where does this euphemistic/revisionist energy come from? Unfortunately, I have no conclusive academic answer, but I can say from experience that on my campus the most regular users of PC language (with serious intent) are administrators in the Campus Housing department. Buzzwords like "diversity," "multi-culturalism," and many, many others never saw the light of day on this campus until Housing used them in promotional materials around 1990-91. I don't really know the significance of Campus Housing's role in revisionism, but I do know that ever since, PC language has been adopted by almost the entire administration. ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ;Kathleen M. O'Neill ... Language Laboratory Technician I ; ;koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ... u55354[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ; ;::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::; ;University of Illinois at Chicago ... Language Laboratory ; ;703 South Morgan Street (M/C 042) ... Grant Hall, Room 311 ; ;Chicago, IL 60607-7025 ; ;312.996.8838 or 8836 ... 312.996.5501 FAX ; ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;