Language is just the words people use after all

Supporters of the UK Independence Party are overwhelmingly more likely than other voters to agree with Nigel Farage that the words Chinky and “poofter” are inoffensive and an ordinary way of speaking for some people.

Men, the over 60s and those living in the North of England are also less likely to be offended by words considered racist and homophobic than other sections of society.

At least English is. It’s French that has that collection of sourpuss greybeards who tell everyone the words they may use.

15 thoughts on “Language is just the words people use after all”

  1. And the Dutch, Germans, and Spanish have their language committees that sit and decide what is correct, etc.

  2. As far as I’m concerned, ‘Chinky’ is just a shorthand. There’s no denigration or malice involved, and certainly no raaaaaacism.

    It’s the slant-eyed equivalent of ‘Brit’, or ‘Taffy’, or ‘Jock’, or ‘Paddy’, or ‘Yank’, or ‘Frog’, or ‘Kraut’, or ‘Dago’, or ‘Wop’, or ‘Paki’.

  3. If you don’t want to give offence you should pick your words carefully. And also if you do. Every time Farage gives offence he picks up some extra votes and free publicity.

  4. bloke (not) in spain

    What gets me is the ethnicities being supposedly offended all have their own expressions that are a damned sight more offensive than anything the Brits can come up with. Someone needs to compile a lexicon of the Jamaican dialect, for a start..

  5. Men, the over 60s and those living in the North of England are also less likely to be offended by words considered racist and homophobic than other sections of society.

    …which should come as no surprise to anyone except the current North London-set Labour leadership, who seem to be entirely baffled by the idea that working class Northerners don’t share the same prejudices as the tofu-munching Grauniad set.

  6. “Is this the real life or is this just fantasy”–well, if its a fantasy it is a poor one. Piss on the Guardian and their diktat about what is acceptable speech or not.

  7. It always amazes me that people think they can control language. Children, for instance, will take the latest politically correct term for what used in my day to be known as a cretin and turn it into a devastating insult.

    In fact I’m not sure the proggies want to change the language as such, but rather to keep us on the wrong foot as to whether it’s ‘coloured people’ or ‘people of colour’ this week and who is allowed to say ‘black’ in any context whatsoever.

    Oh, and Merry Christmas everyone.

  8. One of the great radio gaffs from a few years ago on Radio Five. Helena Bonham Carter was due to be interviewed and was running late. So the director of The Spastics Society was given more air time to explain why the charity had decided to change its name to Scope.
    After a while there was a little commotion and voices off as Ms B-C bowled into the studio apologizing profusely.
    So, so sorry for being late, I forgot this, forgot that, terrible, honestly, I’m such a spaz.
    Cue silence….
    Merry Christmas to one and all.

  9. It’s a question of manners.
    It’s bad manners to use to a person a term that he or she would not wish one to use.
    It’s also bad manners to impose oneself on a conversation in which one is not involved in an attempt to police the language of others.

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