Mr. Herr can you explain this a little bit better? It uses a lot of big words and I just don't understand it.
When you mention big words, are you referring to the blog question or to the video clip? Anywho, think about euphemisms; do euphemisms hide the truth about the real issues or circumstances surrounding people? Should we just be content with referring to somebody as stupid, ugly, or crippled, or would less harsh synonyms be more appropriate? The speaker from the video suggests that PC language has gone too far. What do you think?
I was referring to the video, and I don't think PC laguage has gone to far. Honestly I would like to be called "slow" insted of "stupid." Also calling a crippled person "physiclly disabled" sounds like calling them useless, and I think that I don't want to live my life being called useless.
Honestly I don't think that politically correct language takes away our freedom when we speak. We don't have to use proper grammar all the time, but there are times that we have to use proper grammer. When your talking to your friends it really doesn't matter how you talk,but if your talking to an adult or to your boss it's better to use proper language. Now I have a question Mr. Herr. Is politically correct language another word for proper grammer?
Cee'Aaron, PC laguage is like calling someone something in a nicer tone.
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I agree with the PC language that blake is talking about. It is way to mean to say someone that you are fat than to say you need to go to the gym.
Yeah I know that know at first I hadn't seen the video, but thanks for the information.
PC language is the right way to call someone by what you think they are. Like when he says slow instead of saying there stupid, thats still nicer.
Yes, I believe it is. New words are added far too often "that we should no longer use" because it offends "someone." I would like an explanation who "someone" is. Because, I think the terms we are supposed to use is far more insulting.
Here's an example: the term African American. This is a term I refuse to use. When I was growing up, if we had to physically describe the ethnicity of someone, we would use the term black. Quite frankly, I don't even use skin color as a way to describe someone, but if I did I would certainly choose the word black over African American. How presumptuous and insulting to assume every black person is from Africa. And, how even more insulting to imply they are a different type of American than any other color American. I would be upset if someone called me an Irish American. I was not born in Ireland, my parents were not born in Ireland, nor their parents. We are Americans, plain and simple as are 99% of the people that some want to classify as "African American." This in itself creates a barrier between Americans. Classic example how politically correct language tries to dictate our words while causing more harm than good.
I think that politically correct language is just like covering up a word that offends someone, but sometimes people add another word so the the first word that you used sound's less offencive it's wierd because dosen't that mean that your former word you used was still offencive. So my question is "no matter how many times a person changes the word will it still be offensive?"
Well...this clip proves that I'm not acing English. I also agree with the clip though that all these big words that are being used to describe something so simple is stupid. I'm not suggesting that we should describe a particular person when we see them as a hurtful adjective, but as whole, I think its pretty okay. Its really pointless to have to memorize all these big words just to describe kids now a days as fat. Yeahhhhhh c;
I argree with Blake you have to you say something in a nice tone. like if someone is fat u call them big bones.
But what if someone is extremly obese . Should they live in denial and wonder why there being treated differently.
You first try to come up with other words for it like husky or big boned and if you can't get through them then lay down the truth no matter how bad it hurts.
Fat is much slicker than Big Bones though soo I disagree. ;)
I think that when people use PC language it is showing people that they are special but also its showing small children with these problems that they are always going to be treated a certain way their entire life and thats no showing them they should grow up. In the video the guy said that the peolpe that call stupid kids minimally exceptional is showing kids that they are smart when they really arent telling kids the truth is the the only way that children will grow up and this heneration will change but untill then you have to stick with what we have. People have to learn to not be so nice and people with disorders need to live with what they have and not be so offended and learn that all people arent out to get them.
Politically correct language is a way of communicating a point in a nicer way. For instance, instead of calling someone fat, they could be reffered to as fluffy. All politically correct language is is delivering a point without being mean about it. Without politically correct language, every word said could be taken as an insult.
I think that this kind of language is okay because it kind of a nicer way to say something but its also true that they are starting to take it over board. Really its Okay to use as a more polite form but otheer than that, its really hurts the purpose more than helps it.
The video says how this kind of language resticts our freedom with making us have to adapt our speech, which I still think doesn't really bother me unless they take it over board.
I think that politically correct language is just another way of calling someone slow or crippled but in a better way and if the person does not know he or she is slow, then there is no point of using that type of language to those type of people .
It all depends on how that person is able to take it so in some cases PC language is the right or the wrong thing to use.
If we all didnt use PC lanuage everyone would be offended. And i just belive you can bring someone down or make them feel bad because "its the truth'. Maybe some are not reasonable but if it makes someone feel better who are you to judge.i maen we shouldn't be like this but thats they we are you just adapt. I do think it somewhat might affect our freedom of speech but useless i nessisary why say it.
I don't think that political correct language resticts freedom. It's just makes things nicer. If we didn't use nicer language, people would feel bad about themselves or at least take it in the wrong way. Not everything can be taken as an insult, it's just determined by how the person takes or thinks about it. Using nicer language or tone even make the person feel better about themselves.
I think that political language doesn't restrict any freedom from us whatsoever. I think that using political language is just a nicer way to offend somebody. The majority of us use political language just to save someone's feelings. For example: the old man in the video said that you could call somebody physically disabled instead of crippled and they would be less offended. I completely agree with the old man, but I do not think that political language is going to far. If everybody stopped using political language like the old man wants, then everybody would just end up hating eachother.
And hating eachother is just wrong, so therefore, we should keep using political language. :)
I think that politically correct language is not a form of language that takes away your freedoms, because I think that it's just a nicer way of saying something that would be rather offensive to someone else. For example, I am obviously short, so instead of being called short, I would much rather be called vertically-challenged than short, because it seems that it's less offensive to someone that would take things personally or if they were sensitive.
I believe that politically-correct language is not a restriction of freedom. I believe that this is simply a way of wording comments so that they are not as 'straight-forward'. For example, would you rather be called fat, or big-boned? I personally know for a fact that I would much rather be called big-boned. Politically-correct language is a language that some people forget about. People need to put themselves in the victim's shoes. Would they like it if they were called stupid? I think not! Anyway, I believe that politically-correct language does not restrict freedom, and that some of the cruel people in this world should try it sometime. It works wonders.
I agree with you Braydon when you say that it's just a way of wording comments that aren't straight forward.
You know, I got to thinking about this whole politically-correct language thing, and I also watched the video again, and I must say, George Carlin had some points that you absolutely cannot argue with. For example, what he said about people wondering why they were treated differently, it's true. I don't mean to sound cold-hearted or anything, but wouldn't we be better off if we just say it like it is? If you are going to call someone mentally-challenged, why not just call them stupid, or just flat out keep your mouth shut? How's that? We are all humans, and we were all created in God's image, so therefore isn't belittling someone belittlng God as well?!?! I believe that if people didn't criticize others, this world would be a much better place for everybody, wouldn't you say? Anyway, I have mixed emotions about this matter, but on the whole, I have to agree with George.
I must have looked over that point Braydon because I agree with George Carlin in that instance but when he says it limits your freedom of speech I think that is wrong because you can choose to say something or keep your mouth shut.
I never thought of it that way Braydon. Now that i think about it though, your right. I think that , as stated in the video, calling a stupid person "minimally exceptional" instead of slow is a bit extreme. Honestly speed is completely irrelevant to intelligence and would probably make no sense to a stupid person in the first place.
I agree with Braydon on some things but not all. Like when he said that all people are treated differently its true if your going to call somebody mentally challenged you might as well call him stupid I know that might sound harsh but doesn't the truth hurt??? George Carlin had some very good points that I really thought about like when he said if your going to say it say it directly or keep your mouth shut. Also back to braydon I disagree with what he said about if people didn't criticize each other the world would be a better place it depends what type of criticism constructive or judgemental. If it was constructive it wouldn't be good because you wouldnt know if its bad or not. Judgemental on the other hand is good if there wasn't any of it.
I think that politically-correct language doesn't restrict freedom. I think of it as a more pleasant way of saying offensive things. Just like what the clip said, instead of calling someone, "crippled" we would say, "physically challenged." I think that we should use euphemism so that people's feelings won't get hurt. Politically-correct language are words that are less hurtful and does not restrict freedom.
I agree with Felix. Politically-correct language does not restrict freedom. It is just a way to call someone ugly,fat,and stupid. It says in the video that people call kids "slow". To be honest I would rather be called "slow" then stupid or dunce.
I agree with Bui, politically-correct language does not restrict freedom. Burt I mean sereously about one tenth of people will use this language. I don't think schools should go off teaching kids to say politically-correct language. Also some words are just good the way they are, like "slow." who wants to be called "mentally challenged." I mean "slow" is almost a nice thing to say to what some people say today.
I think Politically-correct language does not restrict our freedom. It is just another way to say something to a person that is less offensive. For example: the clip said instead of calling someone "crippled" we should say physically challenged. I think that euphemisms should be used so that we don't hurt each others feelings.
As he said in the video I say it is appropriate in some cases and not all I mean would you rather have someone call your kid mentally retarded or mentally challenged and in another case would you rather be called mentally challenchalleng or slow .:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) ..
I think that politically correct language is protecting us in our freedom of speech. Instead of saying something that may be offensive to someone or anyone you say it in a way that it does not offend the person.
I think that politcally-correct langage is a way to call someone stupid or handicapped while not trying to offend them. According to the video people are using ephemisms to not offend the other person by for example:Your slow! intheir minds they are really thinking: Your stupid! to me the ephemisms don't offend me any less than the regular word did. I think that the politically-correct language does not limit freedom of speech because you cold chose to call them stupid or dunce but you use the euphemism to try not to offend them.
I forgot to mention that the person in the video said that euphemisms limit freedom of speech and I disagree with that. I think that politically correct language doesn't limit freedom of speech.
In ways I agree and disagree with you look at my comment on the bottom and see what I mean.
I think that politically correct language doesnt restrict freedom. I understand why the man from the video would feel the way he does, but I think there is nothing wrong with saying possibly offensive or hurtful terms in a nicer way. If I were to call someone "fat" just because it is the hard truth, there feelings would be hurt. But if I were to call them "fluffy" or "big-boned", it would prevent the persons feelings from being hurt, or at least not as much. Euphemisms are just a way to show people you dont mean to offend them and they make people feel better about themselves if they have a disability. Nobody wants to be called "retarded" or "stupid" and if they were referred to as "mentally challenged", there feelings wont be hurt. I think it is best if politically correct language is used so nobody is offended as much as they could be without this type of language. =)
I agree with you chalice. I understand what the man in the video is saying, but I think calling people fat or stupid is kind of mean. Using euphemisms makes harsh words sound less mean.
I think that if we use politically correct language it doesn't restrict the amount of freedom we have. I think that all it simply is is saying something you were going to say in the first place but putting it in a nicer way. Like if you were going to call someone fat and you say above average or fluffy, your freedom is not getting taken away in away way your just saying what you were going to say in the first place but in a nicer way.
I forgot to reference the video so I am staying that Gorge Carlin needs to think about it more. He can still say what he was going to say and be hurtful or he can say the same thing but in a nicer way. If he does this he might not loose a friend or not hurt anybody's Please bring the Nike bag by the ladder of out bed or give it to Chaz
I agree with George Carlin..... To an extent I guess. I see both sides to the argument. Naturally, you'd rather say things or be told things in a nicer way. Point blank. We all would rather be called slow than stupid, retarded, or an idiot. We would rather be called big-boned than fat. But sometimes, the PCL gets taken the wrong way. As Andrew Bino said, it causes people to live in denial. For example, we all know that thick is different from fat and big boned. Because of PCL, someone who is actually fat, will go around saying "I'm not fat, I'm just thick/big-boned." It causes people to be in denial and finding away around the truth. It also gives people an excuse. If you are fat, and everyone calls you big-boned, you'll have no motivation to lose weight. Personally, I would rather say or be told the truth, but with them saying "coming from a friend" or "not trying to be mean or rude but....".
I think that it that politically language is another way of using rude words and making them sound better example cripple= displaced that is how I feel about the political language
I do not think it is taking away our freedom because you can say it if you want to. i mean wouldn't you rather be told things in a nicer way, but you can still say stupid, ugly, and crippled and know one can do anything to make you stop saying that so i disagree with Gorge Carlin it is not taking away freedoom.
I don't believe PC language has gone too far. Some people might take it too far, but from what I have experienced, it has been at a good level, not too harsh, and not too mild.
I don't think pc language restricts us or our freedom in anyway. It's your choice on whether you want to use pc language or not. In the video he says something along the lines of it just being something to cover up a more harsh word, but it depends on the person. For example, some people like to call African Americans black, and others call them African Americans (idk don't mean to offend anyone). I think it just depends. In your preference. Another point is you don't have to use pc language. It's a choice.
(I don't mean to offend anyone) *
In my opinion, I think that politically correct language does restrict freedom, but for a good reason. It's another way to get what you are saying out, but in a nicer way. For example, George Carlin states the word "slow" in the video. The word "slow" is a better alternative for "stupid" or "dumb". PC language makes the language we speak sound better and appropriate. Without PC language, we would be hearing lots of swearing and more rude words.
I don't think PC Language restricts our freedom because it is our choice whether we want to use it or not. I think it is better to use PC Language at times because you don't want to offend people so I think it's better. The guy in the video said that slow is better then stupid or physically dissabled is better then crippled which is true but we don't have to say those things. So I don't think PC Language restricts our freedom it's just a nicer language and it's more polite then the truth but sometimes the truth is good too.
I think that politically correct language doesnt restrict our freedom. Its our choice if we want to say someones stupid or ugly. It might offend some people but its our freedom wether or not we say it the nice way or not. For example, George said that being called stupid is the same as slow. I would rather be called slow than stupid. Sometimes its nicer to use politically correct language so people dont get offened but its your freedom wether or not you use it.
In this situation I agree with Jillian.
PC language doesn't restrain freedom of speech all the time, because I see it as a nicer away to say things at time. But it's not like this somethings that he said in the video like physically disabled, Im not sure about you but if someone called me physically disabled or even crippled and I have broken legs or arms I would be a little angry. On the other hand if I were stupid I wouldn't want to be called stupid, but rather slow. Even though thats a common insult to people who aren't stupid if I were stupid I would be okay with being called slow instead of stupid or a dunce. I guess it's about the condition you are in and the kind of person you are in this situation, but then again its just my opinion.
I believe that PC language does restrict freedom. Forcing people to alter their language is not fair. In my opinion people need to learn how not to get offended by certain terms.
I don't think politicaly correct language restrics our freedom to speak. I think political correct language helps us put things in a nicer way. Ex. I might walk up to someone I know I hate and say ( if they said something to me) you have ugly fat arms. If I hadn't meet the person yet I would say your arms are extremly fluffy. I like political correct language. I don't think a lot of people use it but, it makes things sound nicer or polite. Also I don't think it's taking away our freedom of speech because who ever said if you call someone crippled instead of handicaped your going to jail. Know one and also it's not like you going to get punished so, you can say whatever you want.
I think PC language does restrict our freedom, you can't just force people to learn the alter language. I personally think people need to learn how to not get offended by words like "fat", "stupid" or "ugly."
But its rude, how would you feel if someone called you "ugly" or "Fat" ? because im sure you will have your feelings hurt.
In my opinion i believe that PC language is a very much better way of language instead of calling someoe flat out "UGLY" simply because its rude. for example, when your speaking with a five year old and they ask for your opinion on a art work they worked very very hard on, you are not just going to tell them its "UGLY" because you know it will very much hurt there feelings. so yes i shall stick with PC language.
I believe that PC language does indeed make us not as clear as we could be.The language is harsh, but that does not mean that we want it to be harsh. In the video he said that the we make the standards. We could make beuatiful ugly and ugly beuatiful. PC language comes close to us lying to each other. Reality can be harsh, but we need to accept it and not hide from it. No one is perfect.I feel like today people have to watch out what they say very closely so we do not make people mad even though they did not mean it like that.
I think that PC language is good and does not take away our freedoms as long as it does not go too far. For instance, if a person close to me passed away and someone came up to me and said, "who died?" I would feel like that person was being harsh and insensitive. There is a certain line where politically correct language turns from being polite to a matter of lying to ourselves and others. In the video it said people were calling the crippled "physically challenged." I think that sometimes we need to call things out as they are, and PC language does not always allow that.
I disagree with the guy in the video because politically correct language doesn't offend the person as much.
I kind of agree with the guy in the video but PC language doesn't affect everyone. People can choose if they want to be blunt or just say a different word that they think takes the sting out of something that is harsh. I mean if, let's say, a girl walks up to a teacher and says that she thinks some students should drop out and go to another class because they are 'slow' or 'falling behind the average student' she might as well call them stupid.
I believe that politically correct language does not restrict freedom. This is because that we are able to say what we want to say. We just choose to not say certain words or phrases because they are not tolerated. This is stated in the video.
I think that politically correct language is not a form of language that takes away your freedoms, like what was said in the video, because I think that it's just a nicer way of saying something that would be rather offensive to someone else. For example, I am obviously short, so instead of being called short, I would much rather be called vertically-challenged than short, because it seems that it's less offensive to someone that would take things personally or if they were sensitive
I do not think that politically correct language restricts our freedom. First of all, no one is forcing you to use pc language. You can decide wether you use it or not. Second of all, I think that pc language provides us with a much nicer way of saying things. In the video, it said that crippled people are now called the physically challenged. I do not think that there is anything wrong with that. I just think that physically challenged is a nicer way of putting it.
I think that politically correct language is nessicary in some situations. For example, if you are running a business where you want to please the customer and be nice to them, you would want to use a polite form of a word so as not to offend them and potentially lose a customer. However, sometimes you want to use a harsher term to inform a person of something that is serious. If you are a doctor, you need to be strait to the point to inform your patient of a serious problem; you can't use PC language to tell a person that. Politically Correct language is nessicary in some situations but not all.
I think that euphemisms aren't restricting our freedom. To me you can either use euphemisms or not. To me if you use the general language rather than the euphemism it won't hurt any body. I mean before the euphemism was the general word and the general word wasn't hurting anyone. I do think that using euphemisms aren't always a bad thing but, if you use euphemisms a lot it sometimes gets really annoying.
I hope I answered the question.
Using political language does not restrict our freedom. Political language is technically a nicer way to offend someone. In reference to the video, the guy said that instead of using the word crippled to describe a person with a disease or a disability, we could us physically challenged. Some people don't understand that when you use a certain type of language and call someone out, it hurts their feelings. When you call them out, you are saying that they aren't as good as you and they can't be treated the same. PC language should always be used when talking about or with someone, so the persons feelings don't get hurt. It's your choice to us PC language though. Be the nicer person and use your language correctly. Political language does not restrict our freedom.
I agree with you Ericka. "Restricting our freedom" means that we can do nothing to fight against whatever it is: a law, a rule, a decision. Again, the guy in the video said "physically disabled" could be used in place of "crippled." It does not restrict our freedom. If you say it does, than you are the type of person who can not make their own choices, and if you don't like rules you are too lazy to change them.
Also, you can choose to not use PC language. You could call someone "fat" or "crippled," and not be nice about it. The reason why you may say it restricts freedom, is because PC language is considered the right thing. WHich, in my opinion, it is. You don't want to call someone already suffering a bad name, and make them suffer more. Not using PC language, is a lot like bullying. It could lead to suicide. But in a way, it's also truthful. People say what they think and mean what they say also. They believe holding back something won't teach others. But you should be nice at least once in a while.
I do not think that PC language is restricting our freedom, after all, no one is forcing you to use it! The video said that crippled people are called physically challenged, anyone can say that, and they also have the choice not to. It is completely their own decision, no one is "restricting you!"
No because some of the words can be mean or insulting to some people and we have to use more better and nicer words so we can't be rude.
I somewhat agree with Savannah, I believe that Political Correct language doesn't take anything from us. America is a very free country, how many times do you say something inappropriate on television that offends people? Do you notice it does not offend all of the people in the group, but just a large portion. So, I believe that an mature person would be considerate to the feelings of those who are offended.
Politically correct language does not restrict our freedom. I believe it doesn't restrict our freedom because it is simply using nicer words to make fun of or describe someone. As said in the video, the old man was called physically disabled instead of crippled. I think that's a better way to call someone who actually is physically disabled. I also think that it doesn't restrict freedom because we have the freedom to say whatever we want to call someone. Therefore, I believe that politically correct language does not restrict our freedom.
I think that it's better that we use political correct language. For example if you tell someone there slow its better than saying there stupid. I also believe that political correct language is as mean as the word your referring too, but different people say that it's better
I think that it's better that we use political correct language. For example if you tell someone there slow its better than saying there stupid. I also believe that political correct language is as mean as the word your referring too, but different people say that it's better. Like me
I think PC language doesn't restrict are freedom. It's are choice if we wanted to use harsher words to offend people. Like George said," most people would rather be called slow
Rather then dumb. It not as harsh then saying you're dumb.
I do not think that politically correct language restricts freedom. You choose if you want to say nice words. In the video the guy said that instead of using the word crippled you could use physically challenged to make them feel better.
I don't think that political language restricted our freedom.I think it dosnt because it's just a nicer saying to people.like the man said in the video they called the old mad disable instead of crippled. I also think that this does not restrict out freedom because we are free to say what we want to who we want. That's why I think this does not ristrict out freedom.
I think that politically correct language does not restict freedom. You can still say what ever you want its just soicitey has changed a couple of people.
No, I don't think politically correct language is restricting us from our freedom. We should all be able to say things without offending one another. Some people might say that if they're with their friends they don't need to worry about saying things like, "How are you?". They would instead say, "Sup". This I understand but there is nothing wrong with saying things in a nicer way.
However, using politically correct language, you have to choose your words wisely. In the video, he said some people like to use the term, "differently abled". Like he said we are all differently abled. This would not be something you would call someone who has to use a wheel chair or something.
Nonetheless I do not think politically correct language is restricting us from our freedom.
I think that political language is good because if you think about it you sound not so mean,for instance let's say you're going to your child's parent meeting and the teacher says your child is stupid,regarded,and dum.Now hear is a nicer way.:your child is not understanding the work we are doing in class and so on.So I think their is nothing wrong with PC language
I agree with Neiman, really there's nothing wrong using PC language. If your not using PC language, is like bullying. Because if you tell people they're ugly or stupid, they gonna think themselves that's true.
Mostly is better to use political correct language.
I believe that using politically correct language is not restricting our freedom here in America because we all as individuals have the right to say what we want however we want. I just believe it is a more kinder way of saying things or more like "sugar coding" your opinions so they won't sound as bad if you were to just say it plainly.
I agree with Brittney. Politically Correct language isn't restricting our freedom. For example if you want to tell someone they're dumb, then you might say, "You're slow." It's a kinder way of telling someone that they're dumb, so that way you won't and don't sound as mean.
As I watched the video I kept hearing the speaker (George Carlin) refer to how political correctness is stupid. I believe that PC has been taken entirely to far and has gone way passed the line of sympathetic and into the area of unnecessary. When referring to someones actual state I believe it is up to the person talking to decide whether they want to use PC or a more direct way of speaking. A person has their own standards of what is over the line and I do not believe it is up to another person to control how that person speaks. So yes, after watching the video and in putting in my own beliefs, I have come to the conclusion that political correctness is a wayu of restricting language.
In my opinion pc language does not restrict freedom. I also think that sometimes we need to be harsh on the stubborn people. But only when they need it. And pc language does not restrict freedom because theres no laws against it. The guy in the video made it seem like this country is making people who don't use pc language are bad, well thats not really the case. And he aslo said that these terms for pc language are new. So doesn't that normal language the original.
I belive that its fine with calling people disable but when other people say that another person is retarded. Their not the same thing. When people use these words we dont mean to be mean or anything they are just very honest with what they call others,but I do see the other side of this when people dont use the emphism some people can get afended I see that. The man in the video is making it seen like everyone that doesnt use pc language is bad but their not some people were born with disabilitys and othera it just happens thats apart of life.
I believe that pc language is not bad as long as it does not go overboard. I mean I don't think you should call a disabled person defective, but minimally exeptional? That is just down right misleading, it sounds like mild genius which it is NOT. Like in the video I agree that it has gone to far.
I agree and disagree with this video. I do think that P.C. is a form of language that restricts freedom of speech. If you think about it, it makes sense why we have them. Like said in the video to make people feel better or "normal". The problem with this is that the original word becomes offensive such as like said in the video whats wrong with "stupid". Yes it may not be the most positive thing but it that much better than "mentally slower" . Political correctness has almost the same outcome as sarcasm, it ends up having the word have multiple confusing meanings.
I don't think politically correct language restricts freedom. I think its good to use whenever you can. Not only is it nicer but it sounds way better. Also I'm almost positive no one would like to be referred to in a vulgar way.
I don't think that PC language is affecting our freedom because its not like anyone is forcing us to use the nicer language. We have the choice to say the nice or the mean form of the words. For example from the video, you could call a disabled person "crippled" or you could be nicer and call them "pysically disabled".
I think political correct language is restricting our freedom of speech. We have the right to say anything, nice or mean, politically correct or not.
A Revision to my earlier post:
I believe that politically correct language does not take away anything from us but it is just a simple guideline of what is and is not appropriate. We can still say whatever we want, but we know whats okay. Like in the video, when the speaker said, the parent wouldn't want to hear their child is "minimally acceptable" but would the parent find stupid more appropriate? No, exactly, if it offends someone, a mature person would respect that persons wishes.
I think that e should not use politically correct language because in my opinion it is more offensive than the real truth. for example if you say some one is slow, how is that offensive? if you say some one is minamily acceptable dosent that just make them sound even dumber that they are minamy acceptable.
I do not believe that PC language is necessary in our lives. Although it is sugar coding the discriminating words spoken from our mouths it still may hurt feelings. When using PC language you are aware of what you are saying, either it is nice or not. Once the meaning of your words are revealed there is no way to stop the damage it may cause others.
I don't believe that we must use PC language in our lives, but I am really in the middle here. I do think that to some people that get offended easily it would be good to use but not in all cases. I mean if you've been told you're big boned all your life are you gonna believe that. I believe that in some cases it is the nicer thing to do but mostly don't use it! Also, once they figure it out they might be even more offended!
In my opinion from watching the video I believe that politically correct language doesn't restrict you're freedom of speech because you have the choice of saying someone is dumb or slow. My reason for this is because if you say something you are the one who thought of it and said I really don't think this affects anything because if you want to be nice you wouldn't say ugly or stupid you would say something not as harsh and also it matters in what context you use it in if you are referring to someone and saying the guy who is in the wheel chair rather than saying the cripple, than it effects it differently. so really it's the choice of words you use.
As your English teacher, I support both communication and collaboration. Furthermore, since opinions are a most valued freedom, let's express them thoughtfully and respectfully.