"PC Language  (2)"

2013/04/01

Also, people who are different  because of some physical problem are no longer called "handicapped" or "disabled".  They are called "physically-challenged" people.
The definition "-challenged" is also used for other kinds of people: a person who can't see is no longer said to be "blind".  They are "visually-challenged".  A person who can't hear is not "deaf".  They are "hearing-challenged".

Someone whose brain is not as well-developed as others is not "retarded".  They are "mentally-challenged".

These kind of words are seen as more positive than the older style words, and don't make a person seem not as good as others...

Some women nowadays don't like words that make them seem different than or not as srong as men.
A woman over the age of 25 might not like to be called a "girl".  She believes she's a woman.

Some women who are feminists don't even like the word mankind or humanity because it contains the word "man", but talks about all people on earth.

Now we're getting foolish!                   (G.K)


お役立ち英会話表現 36
disabled           障害のある
no longer 〜    もう〜ではない
retarded            知恵遅れの

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