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Feb 05

Uses of Political Correctness Gone Mad

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Uses of Political Correctness Gone Mad

Dominic Fifield, in The Guardian, writing about the aftermath of the Carling Cup Final:

Jose Mourinho had offered his opposing captain a warm handshake in the tunnel before kick-off, though Gerrard was less eager to accept the Portuguese’s identical gesture in the aftermath. Suddenly it seemed politically incorrect.

So that’s PC meaning ‘ill-advised’, or ‘foolish’ or perhaps ‘not what he wanted to do at that precise moment’.

Later on, Mick McCarthy offered his view on claims that his team’s first goal was tarnished by the fact that they played on despite an opposition player being lying on the ground with a head injury:

“If one of my players had kicked the ball out I would kick him in the bollocks,” he retorted. “Too much political correctness has crept into the game about this sort of thing.”

So that’s PC meaning ‘sportmanship’, or ‘decency’.

I think too much talk political correctness has crept into the game about any old thing.

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