And your original name was Spaz so it was changed.
I think most of us who've been around for awhile are resigned to the fact that every year,
words that most people used 40, 30, 20...even 10 years ago, get moved into the
"not for polite society" anymore, pile. And sometimes we use one before we get the memo.
This one surprised me a little, though, because in my daily reading of news, I came across
--in mid-June--multiple stories criticizing Lizzo for using the word on her song “Grrrls”...the internet
roared, and she quickly changed it. And was widely praised for doing so quickly & graciously.
But then--just six weeks later--it was in the headlines again
: Cultural goddess Beyoncé got crucified
for using the word on her
new album. It was a huge deal. Especially since the Lizzo kerfuffle had
seemingly put the issue to rest. While there's obviously still debate about what exactly constitutes
"ableist" language (or if there even is such a thing)
...that Beyoncé, too, was compelled to admit
error, and re-cut a song, all in headlines of Rolling Stone
, The Washington Post
& The New York Times
made me put the word on my 'naughty' list 5 months ago.
While I personally
care about a speaker's intent...at the end of the day, in the public arena,
a wrong word can make a person appear insensitive.
site has a Politeness Policy, for God's sake.