can't we just all agree that the issue remains the same, and that changing the word won't stop people from butchering it? let's give being REAL a shot for a while and see what happens!
It's a nice thought in theory. But it is human nature to take offense at things, or to be bothered by things. Some people let it roll off their backs. Some people start fights. Some people hold grudges and get passive aggressive.
And some people try to advocate for themselves and their particular group to change attitudes and perceptions. These are the people that have setup the PC culture, and while I may not always agree with them, I cannot really blame them.
Ultimately, you cannot control how people react to speech, no matter how benign you think it may be. Personally I try to recognize that I have my own points of contention and pet peeves that other people are likely not to understand. While I don't try to force them to respect my boundaries, I certainly appreciate it when they do. Consequently, I usually try to respect other people's boundaries even if I may not understand or relate to them. I don't feel like that approach has in anyway diminished my own quality of life, but it has certainly at least made other people's lives a little less uncomfortable, so I see no reason not to follow it. But that is just my opinion.
This post was edited on 11/29 at 11:12 pm