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April 02, 2013

AP: We Will No Longer Use the Euphemism "Illegal Immigrant," But Will Seek Out Ever-More Tortured Euphemisms

They're not going to say "illegal immigrant" any more, because, they claim (joining with illegal immigrant advocates who've claimed this for years) "an action is illegal not a person," which is just about the stupidest bubblegum I ever chewed.

So instead I guess they'll call them "unauthorized" immigrants, overlooking the fact that an act is unauthorized not a person, at least until the next mile on the "euphemism treadmill." Which just means that "moron" may replace "idiot" and then itself be replaced by "retard," but each word newly adopted in the euphemistic treadmill march will itself become "associated with negative connotations," because the word itself connotes something negative (at least something people wouldn't want to be themselves).

You can change "crippled" to "differently abled" but that's not going to stop people from noticing that it is better to walk than to be lame.

So I guess we're playing this game with illegal aliens.

Update: The NYT is now considering it as well.


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