Defenders of politically correct language claim that such speech reduces offensive behavior and encourages conscious thinking about individual merits. On the contrary, the drive for politically correct language relegates more and more terms to the exclusive domain of bullies, while requiring unthinking, reflexive adherence to the latest stupid language fashions.

Ben O’Neill is Lecturer in Statistics at the University of New South Wales at ADFA in Canberra, Australia. He won first prize in the junior faculty division of the 2009 Sir John M. Templeton Fellowships Essay Contest.
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