Not The Onion

This is not from The Onion:

The words “felon,” “offender,” “convict,” “addict” and “juvenile delinquent” would be part of the past in official San Francisco parlance under new “person first” language guidelines adopted by the Board of Supervisors. Going forward, what was once called a convicted felon or an offender released from jail will be a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or simply a “returning resident.”

There’s more at the link. And it’s even better. Say, has The Onion gone out of business already? Because I don’t see how anybody can compete.

3 thoughts on “Not The Onion”

    1. “Euphemisms for insults eventually turn into insults.”

      Definitely! When I started out as a psychiatrist 45 years ago, version II of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — the official bible that defines currently defined psychiatric disorders) listed sexual perversions (pediophilia, etc.) as “sexual perversions.”

      DSM III in 1980 changed the category to “sexual disorders.”

      DSM IV in 1987 renamed the category to “sexual dysfunctions,” and reduced the total number of such “dysfunctions” to five female diagnoses and six male diagnoses, after multiple complaints from the homosexuals and the feminists.

      DSM V reduced the listed “sexual dysfunctions” to three for women and four for men.

      The “Autism Spectrum Disorder” has been so watered down as to be meaningless — now basically a single diagnosis for a patient with minimal impaired to one who can’t talk at all.

      DSM 6 (the archaic Roman numerals have been retired) is expected to hit the market next year. I don’t plan to read it. Hey, not my problem, I’m retired,and today’s world can keep going crazier every year just like clockwork without my participation.


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