Are words such as “inappropriate” and “unacceptable” politically correct?
Inappropriate and unacceptable began their modern careers in the 1980s as part of the jargon of political correctness. They have more or less replaced a number of older, more exact terms: coarse, tactless, vulgar, lewd. They encompass most of what would formerly have been called “improper” or “indecent.” An affair between a teacher and a pupil that was once improper is now inappropriate; a once indecent joke is now unacceptable.
I wonder how many other words or expressions came into common use in an effort to avoid moral judgment.
[Hat tip: Arts & Letters Daily]