[Milton-L] Political and Correct
jleonard at uwo.ca
Mon May 26 16:07:53 EDT 2008
Rose Williams writes:
>I was the person yelled at by Carrol about "Politically Correct" -- even
>though I was attempting to quote a book title,
> not giving a discourse on the term. I was also the one who asked him to
> explain the history of the term as he understood it,
> which he did, off-list.
> It was interesting.
> Now, Carrol, try to answer this. . . etc.
Yes, yes, do do that, but please first give the interesting answer ON-list,
since most of us didn't hear it, and would very much like to (at least I
would). In particular, I would like to know whether the history of
"politically correct" is analogous to that of "Puritan", which began
(according to contemporary sources cited in the OED) as a term used, without
irony, to describe one's own position, and was then successfully purloined
by the other side, who used it with irony to bring the (originally
self-styled) Puritans down a peg or two.
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