The University of Washington’s Information Technology Department has released a language guide which explains the university’s banned words and phrases for students and administrators.
Think about that. An organization of higher learning is banning words because they may make someone feel uncomfortable.
From “plain, non-colloquial language,” to a list of “problematic words and phrases by category,” this baby has got you covered, America — and not a ridiculous minute too soon. As noted by Moonbattery, the guide includes the usual, silly fare:
“Blackout date,” “black list,” “blackbox,” and “black hat hacker” are forbidden because according to establishment ideology, you must never associate “black” with anything bad.
By the same token, “white list,” “white hat hacker,” etc. are off limits because you must never associate “white” with anything good.
The preferred words are more ridiculous than you can imagine.
Incidentally, as creators of lists like this are wont to do, these geniuses included what the “preferred” alternatives to the above examples and others would be. For example, “black list” and “white list” should now be referred to as “deny lists” and “allow lists.” Far be it from me to nit-pick, but doesn’t the association of “black” with “deny,” and “white” with “allow” sound a bit — dare I say it — “racist,” as well?
The University of Washington charges approximately $12,000 for in-state students and nearly $40,000 for out of state students. So $160,000 to be lectured about what words you can and cannot use. Why would any parent agree to this? It’s literally insane.