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politically correct

avoiding language or statements that could be offensive to women, people of other races, or people who are disabled (= who cannot use part of their body) I noticed that he never referred to her as his 'girlfriend', preferring the politically correct term 'partner'.
See also: correct

politically correct

Also, PC or p.c. Showing an effort to make broad social and political changes to redress injustices caused by prejudice. It often involves changing or avoiding language that might offend anyone, especially with respect to gender, race, or ethnic background. For example, Editors of major papers have sent out numerous directives concerning politically correct language . This expression was born in the late 1900s, and excesses in trying to conform to its philosophy gave rise to humorous parodies.
See also: correct
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Politically correct language is allegedly designed to solve this bullying problem and its etymological by-product.
Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf, Officially Politically Correct Dictionary and Handbook (New York, 1993), viii.
What value do ideas actually have when 'progress' seems to be defined simply as the succession of politically correct orthodoxies?
Saint Patrick's Day (named for the Patron Saint of Ireland)--As we can't call it Lucky Leprechaun Day because that may offend some short people who are neither lucky nor affiliated with Leprechauns, and as the politically correct would be against alcohol usage being associated with Irishmen (okay, Irish people), which rules out "Irish Pub Day," and as the only thing the politically correct really seem to like about the day is all the green color that goes with it, we'll change the holiday to "Bring a Shrub to Work Day.
It might bemy imagination but it appears the politically correct think it's all right to make racist remarks about the Jewish faith, but only as long as we don't make any unpleasant remarks about Arab suicide bombers, who just seem to live in order to kill innocent people in terrorist acts.
Now, 2,000 years later, the politically correct have taken up where Herod left off.
Progressively more politically correct to conform to society's demands, and better musical proficiency.
Judging art in a political space is always difficult, because if we keep making art that's politically correct, we'll end up with movies where the only acceptable villains or victims would be straight white men.
Nowadays, it can also mean personal computer or politically correct.
Together they have adopted the politically correct Routledge-speak where everything is a 'discourse'.
SADLY the reason most children do not know our National Anthem is because the politically correct crackpots in schools and in general will not allow it to be played because it might upset some people.
Can you cut out the politically correct claptrap and get on with doing something important, " Mr Richards added, suggesting AMs had more pressing issues to deal with.
No wasted 'teaching time' in dealing with the agenda of the politically correct.
I had been (gently) prodding the thirty-eight-year-old contemporary curator--recently hired away from the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh to replace Gary Garrels at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art--about her rep as a fairly predictable, politically correct (in a high-gloss, Masterpiece Theatre sort of way) selector of artists who, as the New York Times's Roberta Smith had put it, "je t from one show to another to create the same engaging effects.
Surplus" has become a much more politically correct and fiscally prudent word than "deficit," and will remain so.
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