Quote of the day–Jeff Cooper

Our friend the Count Randaccio-Lodi informs us that this business of “politically correct” communication has begun to affect the Italian language too. The Italian word for such talk is sinistrese, indicating its origin on the political left.

“Certain words are replaced by others giving a bad thing a nice sounding appearance (like gay for sodomite or progressive for communist). Trouble is that this game never ends since sooner or later the meaning catches up with the sound and a new word must be issued.”

I know this curious affliction still afflicts the English-speaking world, despite its obvious foolishness, but I had not thought it had gone abroad just yet. We do not hear of it in German or French, but I suppose the time will come. 
Jeff Cooper
From Jeff Cooper’s Commentaries
Vol. 4, No. 16
December 1996
[This is not something that originated in the U.S.  It’s possible it has been around since humans had words.  I do know that I guy I know who came from Russia in the mid-’90s talked about his grandfather living under Stalin and they used the exact same phrase, “political correct speech”, during that time.  I really don’t have problem with it general as long as it doesn’t end up being a crime of some sort, which it has in this country, to use the derogatory version.–Joe]

2 thoughts on “Quote of the day–Jeff Cooper

  1. We used to have the Department of War. Not anymore – now we have the Defense Department, and the Department of Homeland security, and we speak of such things as “Peace Keeping Forces”. Eventually, I suppose a military General will be working for the Department of Peace and Serenity, fulfilling the Left’s tendency to describe things as their exact opposites. “Progressive” is a good example. What could be more regressive than today’s progressives?

  2. I’m a strong believer in reclaiming words/phrases that have become horribly twisted by the liberal crowd. . . and then giving particular words new and improved associations.

    For example, over the past few months, when in conversation with anti-gun folks, I’ve been describing gun owners as “self-defense progressives” or “a group that is far more progressive than mainstream feminists, regarding a woman’s right to protect her body.” It’s very effective, and tends to quickly convert gun-fearing liberals into the right light.

    On the other hand, terms such as “extremists” or “radicals” are perfect descriptions for gun-grabbers. Anyone who supports the government’s forceful removal of a person’s mode of self-defense is an extremist. To disarm an abused woman, or disabled person, is particularly radical.

    Some anti-self-defense radical extremists include: Henry Boitel, Esq., Rosie O’Donnell (http://www.rosie.com), Hillary Clinton,
    Ted Kennedy, and Hitler, to name a few.

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