words listed here are words that are no longer usable, or whose meanings
have been altered to make them difficult to use. These were all words which
could be freely used at some point in history, but which modern culture
is attempting to stamp out.
Broken Home - Replaced by Dysfunctional family.
Tramp - Replaced by Homeless Person. Calling a person a "tramp" of a "bum" implies that the person is a moocher that is too lazy to get a job. Refering to him as a "Homeless Person" removes this stigma, and implies that he would be a perfectly normal citizen if only the government would give him a house.
Crazy - Replaced by the term Mental Illness. And, since it is an illness, it may be treated in the same manner as other diseases - with drugs. Of course, this idea is nothing new ... people have been using drugs to treat depression for centuries.
Criminal - Replaced by Behaviourally Challenged. This is one change that makes sense. A lot of the people in prisons today are not really "criminals" in the classic sense. Thanks to the "War on Drugs", there are a lot of people in jail because they failed to "behave" properly.
Fat - Replaced by Enlarged physical condition caused by a completely natural genetically-induced hormone imbalance. Of course, this is very difficult to say in one breath-- so people will find it easier to not say it at all. The term "fat" is simply too short and to direct. It all too clearly points out that the reason that an obese person's skin appears so swollen is because it is being butressed by large amounts of... well... Fat.
Foreign Food - Replaced by Ethnic Cuisine. The word foreign is generally used when one wishes to refer to something that alien to ones own country -- something that is not normally found within the jurisdiction of your own particular political unit. But with the increasing power of multinational organizations (such as the U.N.), nothing can be said to be truly 'foreign' anymore. In a world where you can find a McDonald's in Moscow and Belgrade, a Disneyland in Japan, or a single currency throughout Europe, the word 'Foreign' is losing its meaning. The word 'ethnic' provides a more accurate way to refer to these cultural traits which are continually growing fainter as we move away from the world of the past, in which different areas of the world were actually unique.
Dustbin Man - Replaced by Sanitation Engineer – A Dustbin Man picks empties dustbins. A Sanitation Engineer engineers it.
Ghetto - Replaced by Economically disadvantaged area. This term is used by politicians who believe money from the Government would solve their problems.
Girlfriend/Wife - Replaced by Unpaid sex worker
Handicapped - Replaced by Physically Challenged, or even worse, handicapable
Home Economics - Replaced by Family and Consumer Sciences, and I'm really not sure why. These classes have been taught in school since the early 1900's after Ellen Swallow Richards, an old-time feminist and the first woman to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, formed the American Home Economics Association in 1909. But I suppose that the reason for the change has something to do with the fact that Home Economics is generally considered a 'girly' class, and is therefore sexist.
Housewife - Replaced by Domestic Engineer or 'homemaker'. This is to remove the necessity of marriage from the task of raising children.
Illegal Aliens - Replaced by 'asylum seekers'. The phrase ‘Illegal Aliens’ implies that these people are a bunch of law-breaking creatures from outer space, while ‘asylum seekers’ suggests that they are good old-fashioned immigrants that are fleeing their homelands for fear of their lives.
Caretaker - Replaced by Custodial Artist. No matter what you call it, this is a person is paid to clean up shit.
Jungle - Replaced by Rainforest. A Rainforest is a happy place where Disney characters dance and sing ... a jungle is a scary place with lions, tigers, malaria and natives that want to cut off your head and boil it for dinner... who in their right mind would want to save that!?!
Man’s Job and Woman’s Work - Replaced by Traditional Gender Role. These are basic practices that are followed in one form or another by most of the life forms on this planet, and have been part of human culture for thousands of years… and as with most other ‘traditions’, a lot of people believe that it is time for a change.
Midget - Replaced by Vertically Challenged.
Natural Disaster - replaced by Unnatural Event caused by man's destruction of the environment. Every hurricane, mudslide, and flood is blamed on Global Warming, even though these events have been occuring for millions of years.
Nigger - Originally - A negro Slave. Has evolved to mean "A Trashy Negro" in the USA and in many legally available 'rap' cds available from all music shops, but the word has still lost acceptance amongst Whites. Even 'nigger brown' wool is now called 'chocolate brown'. (see: White Trash)
Secretary - Replaced by Adminstrative Assistant – The word Secretary comes from Latin and means ‘Confidential Officer’ – And for some unknown reason this is a bad thing.
Swamp - Replaced by Wetland. Swamps are full alligators, bugs, and disease. If anybody went around saying that we need to "save the swamps", people would think they were out of their friggin' mind!
Gypo Camp - Replace by Mobile Home Community.
Ugly - Replaced by Visually Challenging.