[R] Inappropriate color name
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Tue Nov 17 15:05:34 CET 2020
Thanks, Rolf, I never saw the Letter to Chesterfield myself.
Though I admit I run more to Swift's "A Modest Proposal" but then if you
really want to get into being impolitic that's a stellar example!
On Mon, Nov 16, 2020 at 5:46 PM Rolf Turner <r.turner using auckland.ac.nz> wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Nov 2020 07:54:01 +1100
> Jim Lemon <drjimlemon using gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi Elaine,
> > There seems to be a popular contest to discover offence everywhere. I
> > don't think that it does anything against racism, sexism or
> > antidisestablishmentarianism. Words are plucked from our vast lexicon
> > to comfort or insult our fellows depending upon the intent of the
> > user. It is the intent that matters, not the poor word. Chasing the
> > words wastes your time, blames those who use the words harmlessly,
> > and gives the real offender time to find another epithet.
> Jim: This is superbly expressed. I wish that I could have said
> that! Your posting should go down in the annals of brilliant rhetoric,
> alongside Dr. Johnson's "Letter to Lord Chesterfield".
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