Saturday, December 19, 2009

When Bull met Bingo

I've said this before and I'll say it again (and again. . . ): People put way too much emphasis on words to the point where people can find (or create) slight where is does not exist. At the rate we're going, it's just a matter of time before it will only be safe to communicate through binary code. For once, the assault on language is coming from the EU which seems to be taking a hard line on any terminology or phrases it considers "gendered" which includes "‘right hand man" (will Joan Osbourne's song be banned?), "Old Masters" and "gentlemen’s agreement." What they plan to replace these terms with is beyond me but it really smacks of the feminist extremism that undermines the equality and right of self determination the movement is supposed to be about. I can understand taking a hard line and refusing to use terms that are meant to be derisive but demanding people change old heritage gaming terms, as well intentioned as it may be, is downright silly.

Rob Hutchinson at the online bingo club and bingo enthusiasts are staging a pre-emptive strike with a poll @ Maybe "Lady Humyn Being Luck" will smile upon them and people will finally learn to choose their battles wisely lest they face losing the war.


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