Sunday December 5, 2010
"Frolic and play the Eskimo way..."
"Walking in a Winter Wonderland...". Fun song - but are the words disrespectful? When was the last time you heard the word "eskimo" in reference to aboriginal- northern Canadians? Depends how old you are.
Eskimo has long been considered a derogatory term for our northern kin and while those of us over 40 remember and probably owned some form of Ookpic - trying to explain to my adult children today what Ookpic meant to me - is as confusing as my trying to understand what Pikachu was to them....ugh - just downright annoying if you ask me. We still have that furry yellow beast in one of the upstairs rooms: "Pika! Pika! Pikachu!"....oi - driving over this abhorence of childhood toys is too good for it....but I digress.
The reason - yes here it is - the REASON - I brought this up in the first place is because I'm interested in language, How it evolves; or not.
Certain words and or definitions of words have become more, and even I have a problem with the word "more", acceptable to most listeners/readers ears-eyes, How do I feel about this....well - I have some concerns
I find it curious that almost all derogatory words for females are now considered acceptable, while you might be hard pressed to find similar words for males. When putting Laugh Out Loud together - that is - editing it for my generous and faithful listeners - I have to admit that I am extra careful to not offend any generation, race or gender regardless of what you might find in print ie: Globe, New Yorker or 'shudder' FOX news.
So I put it to you gentle reader - what is acceptable? Do we allow contentious words because we are bastions of politcal correctness ? Do I edit acceptable slang for the sake of the joke? Or do I refrain and allow YOU to decide?
I miss my Ookpic.