Our expert says:
I agree, this issue is so tired and worn out it deserves to be avoided. Everyone's point of view on it has been registered--- enough now !
I disagree with Parabola here --- some people spend their lives hunting for excuses to be outraged, and deserve to be ignored. If someone enjoys being called by whatever nickname, that's their prerogative. Others are entitled to be angry if that same nickname is applied to them knowing that they don't like it, but it's sheer interference in other people's lives to insist on being outraged by proxy, on behalf of people who are not themselves annoyed.
This is truly hypersensitivity, and not jusifiable.
And parabola goes way overboard in suggesting that everyone must avoid every word to which even one individual on earth takes exception. "So because there is ATLEAST ONE person taking offense, you should as an adult respect that, and refrain.". That's not ethics, and only someone lacking any understanding of ethiocs could think it was : that's dictatorship by the minority of one.
OK, what if I announce that I find the word Parabola deeply ofensive because I was once bitten by a geometry teacher, and indeed that I am profoundly offended by the words "and, but, the, I, and 3/4 of the current dictionary "-- should you all promptly stop using those words ? Of course not.
Even everything Parabola has said here could cause offense to some people, but it's reasonable enough so long as P's not expecting widespread obedience to P's wishes ) that it would not be banned. One would have to live an enormously privileged life to consider the occasional use of the P word as a disaster deserving all this fuss.
CP Mom, as a compromise and an act of graciousness, could you leave the dreaded P word out of the Subject lines of your postings, and refer to him as P when including a comment about him in your respinses on other people's quueries, while wording your own in the usual way ?
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