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Culture Politically incorrect words "Macaca" Sen. George Allen R-VA 2006

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#1 DWF

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 07:55 PM

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Macaca" you are number one.

The word "macaca," used by outgoing Republican Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record) of Virginia to describe a Democratic activist of Indian descent who was trailing his campaign, was named the most politically incorrect word of the year on Friday by Global Language Monitor, a nonprofit group that studies word usage.

"The word might have changed the political balance of the U.S. Senate, since Allen's utterance (an offensive slang term for Indians from the Sub-continent) surely impacted his election bid," said the group's head, Paul JJ Payack.

Allen narrowly lost to Democrat James Webb in November, helping make it possible for the Democrats to capture control of the Senate.

In second place on this year's list was "Global Warming Denier," for someone who believes that climate change has moved from scientific theory to dogma.

"There are now proposals that 'global warming deniers' be treated the same as 'Holocaust deniers: professional ostracism, belittlement, ridicule and, even, jail," Payack said.

In third was "Herstory" substituting for "History." Payack said there are nearly 900,000 Google citations for "Herstory," all based on a mistaken assumption that "history" is a sexist word.

"When Herodotus wrote the first history, the word meant simply an 'inquiry,"' he said.

In August, Global Language Monitor picked "truthiness" and "Wikiality" -- two words popularized by political satirist Stephen Colbert on his TV show "The Colbert Report"-- as the top television buzzwords of the year.

The group defined "truthiness" as used by Colbert as meaning "truth unencumbered by the facts." "Wikiality," derived from the user-compiled  Wikipedia information Web site, was defined as "reality as determined by majority vote."

History is a sexist word? :wacko:
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Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:02 PM

Because morons who don't know their etymology assume that history is a masculine word. And yes, I've seen suggestions that it should be referred to as 'his and her story'

To quote an old PVP comic, people like that shouldn't get so hersterical about it.

Edited by Godeskian, 15 December 2006 - 08:02 PM.

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:23 PM

Sounds more like people would just use 'herstory' as a pun, rather than actually thinking of it as in MJ's album. If they truly believe it's sexist - It's another case of misguided zeal from ignorance.

I've never heard of 'macaca' before- where does it come from? :eh: (she says, ignorantly :rolleyes: )

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:24 PM

That makes two of us Sparky. I first heard the word macaca when their was the political kerfuffle a couple of months ago

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:30 PM

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:33 PM

Maybe they should change Herodotus to "Himodotus" then.  :crazy:
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Posted 16 December 2006 - 02:03 AM

View PostSparkyCola, on Dec 15 2006, 05:23 PM, said:

Sounds more like people would just use 'herstory' as a pun, rather than actually thinking of it as in MJ's album. If they truly believe it's sexist - It's another case of misguided zeal from ignorance.

I've never heard of 'macaca' before- where does it come from? :eh: (she says, ignorantly :rolleyes: )

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Here you go:

http://en.wikipedia....i/Macaca_(slur)

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Macaca[1] is a dismissive epithet used by francophone colonials in Central Africa's Belgian Congo for the native population.[2] It may be derived from the name of the genus comprising macaque monkeys. The word macaque has also been used as a racial slur. The macaque's genus name, Macaca, is a latinization of the Bantu (Kongo) ma-kako,[3] meaning "monkey".

Allen's mother is French Tunisian, and he probably learned the word from her.

The most pathetic thing Allen did was to welcome an American of Indian descent to this country. :barf:

Edited by Rhea, 16 December 2006 - 02:03 AM.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 08:12 AM

It seems strange to me that "Global Warming Denier" is considered the second-most offensive word of the year. Surely there are more offensive words out there. Michael Richards found one.  :Oo:
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Posted 16 December 2006 - 09:29 AM

Yeah, that "Global Warming Denier" thing is a joke. I mean, Come On! I thought the people who are pushing that are supposed to be so 'Open Minded', yet they are comparing people who don't agree with them to people who deny the Holocaust. That is as big an insult to the people who survived the Holocaust as when someone denies the Holocaust happened. That is such a horrid comaprison, but charateristic of the so called 'Open Minded Individuals' who just can't stand that everyone doesn't fall in behind them like good little sheep. :wacko:

And that 'Herstory' crap, yeah, I'll just let it drop while I go check to see if the 'Femail' is here yet.  :lol:

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 09:54 AM

View PostDrew, on Dec 16 2006, 08:12 AM, said:

It seems strange to me that "Global Warming Denier" is considered the second-most offensive word of the year. Surely there are more offensive words out there. Michael Richards found one.  :Oo:

It's "Most Politically Incorrect", not "Most Offensive".  I think, for this one, it's all about context, as James detailed.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 11:18 AM

View PostDWF, on Dec 15 2006, 04:55 PM, said:

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In third was "Herstory" substituting for "History." Payack said there are nearly 900,000 Google citations for "Herstory," all based on a mistaken assumption that "history" is a sexist word.

"When Herodotus wrote the first history, the word meant simply an 'inquiry,"' he said.

History is a sexist word? :wacko:
It's the "all" that makes an idiot of Payack.  Of course all who use it are not using it for the reason he gives.  Sparky's got it right, it's an excellent pun and a prime bit of word play.  

'Herstory,' incidentally, has been around for decades.  The idea is to put the "her" into history where it belongs, and, like all words produced by pun, has little if anything to do with the etymology of the original word.  Methinks Payack is merely indulging in snark.  :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 03:10 PM

You can thank postmodern feminists for that whole 'herstory' thing. According to the pomo fem theory, words have power and since the language is inherently gendered for masculine traits, like 'his'tory, it denotes that only men have history and therefore it's sexist because it implies women doesn't have history.

They're not exactly wrong (history is almost always seen by the perspective of the "great men") but they are exaggerating. Reams and reams of feminist literature since the mid-60s has changed that as the feminist perspective is applied to virtually everything. It has become an ideology, not just a social movement (which, in part, has led to the decline of feminism as a movement and turning it into a joke...kind of like this thread).
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Posted 17 December 2006 - 01:15 AM

I've heard the whole "herstory" thing before...by some of the same people that insist that they're "womyn" instead of "woman".  Heck, my college even had the Wemyns Center.  I constantly had to repress my urge to correct their spelling everytime one of their fliers came out.

They need something better to do, and a much better cause to fight for then political spelling
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Posted 17 December 2006 - 02:49 AM

View PostNikcara, on Dec 16 2006, 10:15 PM, said:

I've heard the whole "herstory" thing before...by some of the same people that insist that they're "womyn" instead of "woman".  Heck, my college even had the Wemyns Center.  I constantly had to repress my urge to correct their spelling everytime one of their fliers came out.

They need something better to do, and a much better cause to fight for then political spelling
That's about as annoying to me as feminists who insist that everyone's a "person", not a "man" or "woman". I'm tempted to go up to them and say: You have a p*ssy and t*ts instead of a d*ck and balls, so either get a sex change or accept it.

I'm all for women's rights, but I feel like feminism has gone too far past the line and well into something else.
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Posted 20 December 2006 - 07:41 AM

View PostNikcara, on Dec 17 2006, 12:15 AM, said:

I've heard the whole "herstory" thing before...by some of the same people that insist that they're "womyn" instead of "woman".  Heck, my college even had the Wemyns Center.  I constantly had to repress my urge to correct their spelling everytime one of their fliers came out.

They need something better to do, and a much better cause to fight for then political spelling


That's so outlandish that it's rediculous. The person or persons wo came up with that need to see a counselor, 'cause they have some Major issues, and I don't just mean that as an insult. If someone is so....I don't know how to describe it, bent out of shape over something like that, then they really do have major issues.

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PS: Raina: I think with alot of the types who fixate on such trivial things, they likely have nothing else to truly gripe about, at least anything that they can really affect, and so they start coming up with these strange new causes. That's all I can think of as to the 'Why' of it.

Edited by JamesValEson, 20 December 2006 - 07:44 AM.

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 12:45 PM

View PostDrew, on Dec 16 2006, 08:12 AM, said:

It seems strange to me that "Global Warming Denier" is considered the second-most offensive word of the year. Surely there are more offensive words out there. Michael Richards found one.  :Oo:




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Posted 20 December 2006 - 01:13 PM

Mark: I can't speak for all the "deniers of global warming", but I can't see where they can deny the world is warming. It is.
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Posted 20 December 2006 - 01:43 PM

Herstory is a pun, but there is a serious idea behind it. Winners write history, simply because they have the resources. And naturally, they write about the details that interests them. And this isn't about women - it's about everybody that is unimportant. The women that came up with this idea ask why we know so little about the people who lost all those famous wars. Why we know so little about the everyday lives of most of the people in history - the farmers and country communities. And this lack of power, being on the "losing" side, applies to women as well - we know so little about their lives - for two reasons:
1. They were not important, not interesting enough for the writers of their time. The hard everyday life isn't something they thought was worth mentioning a often.
2. The historians never bothered to search for resources in this field, because they didn't think it is interesting.

This is what "herstory" is about - it's a pun and it's a general name for history research about all people that were left in the shadows of history and history research.
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Posted 20 December 2006 - 03:04 PM

View PostDWF, on Dec 15 2006, 05:33 PM, said:

Maybe they should change Herodotus to "Himodotus" then.  :crazy:


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