Getting Stuck on ‘Stupid’

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I love words. I love words the way some people love horses. What I mean is, I love them for what they are but also for what they can do, and even what they represent. But like a horse lover, I get annoyed, even outraged, when words are abused or used for things they shouldn’t be.

Which brings me to the shoddy unlicensed glue factory for words known as Stanford University, specifically its “Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative.” As Orwellian titles go this falls a bit short of “The Program for Goodthink,” but it’s close enough.

Stanford’s EHLI subscribes to the crazy and insane idea that the English language should be scrubbed of all manner of words, including (I defecate you negatory) “crazy” and “insane.”

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