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Let’s be non-**

I’m planning to start a campaign against PC in the media.

I’ll begin by targeting the infuriating newspaper habit of adding words in brackets in the middle of direct quotes, words that the speaker didn’t actually say. This is done presumably to make the meaning clear to all readers, but let’s face it, if a person is that dumb, he’s unlikely to be able to read the damn paper in the first place.

Then there’s the asterisk craze. The BBC website quotes Bradley Wiggins this morning as saying he might be ‘p***** off’ about something.  For those in doubt, be might be ‘pissed off’. So?

Finally, there is the terrible compulsion TV has to apologise for every minor breach of the language code. During the Open last weekend, Ken Brown jokingly called a co-commentator ‘a smartarse’, for which he apologised a few seconds later, undoubtedly under orders from the production box. On several other occasions commentators apologised on air for golfer expletives after bad shots. Tell you what, guys. Try moving your effects mikes a little further away. If not, accept that if Tiger, etc.,  hit a bad shot, they may let one go, and live with it.

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  1. Diana
    July 22, 2014 at 9:34 am

    As my grandmother used to say “You may as well say it as think it”. Her favourite swear word was Coffeepot, and oh what feeling she could put into that.

  2. Diana
    July 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Reminds me of a chap who came out with the wonderful “Apart from the odd blast or damn, I never say another bloody swear word”.

  3. Gillian
    July 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Please sign me up.
    The golf was good, but for me listening to Peter Aliss was superb.

  4. July 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Yes, he still has some good lines. That said, I thought he tripped over a few things this year, eg mixing up Dustin and Justin. Also, he wasn’t seen on camera, for the first time I can remember. He’s 83, and I won’t be too surprised if this is his last year on air. If that’s the case, who’s the heir apparent? Could it be my friend’s nephew, Andrew Cotter . . . never a pro, but no mean golfer?

    • Gillian
      July 27, 2014 at 10:28 am

      He would be great, would always get my vote, including Wimbledon Tennis, he did one particular match this year with Peter Fleming both with good tennis knowledge, but they were just so funny!!! it was superb….

  5. Simon Reid
    July 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I like what P. D. James had to say about this in an interview in the Paris Review:

    ‘I believe political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism. The only way to react is to get up in the morning and start the day by saying four or five vastly politically incorrect things before breakfast!’

    Yeah, I’m lovin’ that. I was reminded of it recently when I was accused of insulting a colleague’s religion. She’s a white westerner, and I had no idea she is married to a man from India. She attempted to take offence when I said I didn’t want to go India because I wouldn’t be able to deal with the spectacle of seeing any dead bodies floating down the Ganges.
    I was trying to make a serious point about poverty, the caste system, corruption and general exploitation of the vulnerable, all of which sometimes leads bereaved relatives to put their loved ones in the river without observing the Hindu tradition of full cremation.
    It was a peculiar experience; there’s me, having to explain someone’s own religion to them.
    At least she learned something.

  6. fergus
    July 25, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Don’t know if this can work on a blog but this song from the wonderful Neville Brothers says it all it’s called “Tell it like it is.” Link below, if it works.

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