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February 27, 2024


‘Mary Poppins’ age rating increased in U.K. due to ‘discriminatory language’

(Thanks to The Perts)


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Comstockery at it's absolute finest. Where is George Bernard Shaw when we need him?

Some meanings can change over time.

In the seventeenth century, in certain parts of Holland, the word "hottentot" was used to describe a stammerer and thus, because of their peculiar language, this word was applied to the natives by the Dutch — Watermeyer.

They made heavy use of click consonants in their language, similar to English-speakers with the tut-tut (British spelling) or tsk! tsk! (American spelling) used to express disapproval or pity.

The word Hottentot is first recorded in the late 17th century and was a name applied by white Europeans to the Khoikhoi. It is now regarded as offensive with reference to people and should always be avoided in favor of Khoikhoi or the names of the particular peoples. The only standard use for Hottentot in modern use is in the names of animals and plants. (Oxford Reference)

What next ? Rename Roy Roger's horse because it sounds like something else ?

Seen on Imgur:

"We live in times where smart people are silenced so that stupid people won't be offended."

But just because the sound of it is really quite atrocious?

YFNRW: Gold star and an OED to you!

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