The Dictionary just got smaller – Fewer words to use

19 Feb

As the world gets smaller it seems like there are more and more “inappropriate” words. Take the example of ESPN which was talking about a loss by the NY Knicks in the NBA. The latest sensation there is Jeremy Lin who is of Chinese descent. The Knicks apparently lost the game because of a couple of turnovers that Lin committed. ESPN’s story about the loss had a headline “Chink in the Armour“. Now under normal circumstances this would be quite okay, but Lin’s Chinese descent made a perfectly okay statement not okay. Maybe the headline should have said “Kink in the Armour”, but I am sure there are several Kinks out there who would be offended.

Is everyone getting too touchy??


3 Responses to “The Dictionary just got smaller – Fewer words to use”

  1. RaoWords February 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    One of the politically incorrect headline. But what’s wrong in calling spade as a spade!!!

    • Vijay February 20, 2012 at 1:48 am #

      Actually it is a valid statement and would have been okay in any other context 🙂

  2. My3 February 21, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    The weird part was that all the other networks kept using the term! It reminded me of how the Indian networks showed the “movie” being watched by our esteemed leaders, without any pixilating, just to show the viewer what it was that they were watching. Isn’t that weird? ESPN continues to blunder often and then apologizes after the fact.

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