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Filler Christmas 2011: Professional Matters

Political correctness: a step too far?

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 19 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7451

Re: Political correctness: a step too far?

As a socio-linguistic philosophy of equality and reform, PC is a mixed blessing. It sensitizes us to the negative nuances of normative labels, but it also sanitizes our natural language and paralyzes our communication. Stripped of spontaneity, simplicity, and clarity, we speak like politicians who fear faux pas and resort to constant qualification, equivocation, and obfuscation. Sadly, PC’s virtue is undermined by its veridical indefiniteness and lame, blameless sameness.

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26 December 2011
Hugh Mann