Re: Pet Peeves

Subject: Re: Pet Peeves
From: "Michelle Desler" <michelle -dot- desler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Samuel Wright" <lykoszine -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 11:21:16 -0400

Welcome to the modern world, where everyone is predisposed to find offense
in harmless comments. The general rule of thumb in this dog and pony show
is to check all commonly used phrases for obscure (and in some cases
unproven) definitions.

Michelle Desler

Samuel Wright wrote:

Dori,

Wikipedia is covers RoT quite nicely
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thumb) but does not seem to have
much information on DaPS
(
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_and_pony_show) regarding sexist and
racist language (although you could file it under cruelty to
animals?).

I don't know (m)any people who would be insulted by Rule of Thumb,

even if they knew its origins.

S

On 13/03/07, Dori Green <dgreen -at- associatedbrands -dot- com> wrote:

Everybody who makes their living using language really should take it upon
themselves to become informed about sexist and racist language, and delete
it from their vocabulary.


I've recently seen "rule of thumb" and "dog and pony show" right here on
this list. Look 'em up, and cut 'em out.

It's the recipient who determines whether or not the message is clear -- or

hurtful. When we have been informed that certain words and phrases are
hurtful, we need to stop using them.

Dori Green

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