Politically Correct Language
The communist party in the United States of America first used the term politically correct in the 1930s to discipline its members. however, it was not until the 1980s, that this term came to be universally accepted to mean marked by or adhering to a typically progressive orthodoxy on issues involving especially race, gender, sexual affinity or ecology.
What is a politically correct language?A politically correct language is a language that does not offend the political sensibilities of people regarding matters such as gender, race, sexual affinity, age and ecology. Thus, all terms and phrases that allude to such issues are eliminated.
For example, Chairman is not gender neutral and is replaced by Chairperson.
Examples of Politically Correct Words and Terms
Race and Ethnicity
Old word or term Politically correct alternative
Elderly, aged, old Older person, senior citizen, older people
Disabilities and illness
Blind Visually challenged
Mute/dumb Vocally challenged