> "Old," "Young," "Midddle Aged," "Elderly," "***ie Boppie,"and other
> None of the above terms has any real meaning to the author and
> especialy to the reader. Each is used in the context of the writer and
> his/her own plane of reference.
I think it's time to take a bold step forward!
We've come miles in our sensitivity in recent decades, although not
everyone's caught on. Those who are more enlightened no longer label
people by their race. We understand when calling attention to gender
can be sexist. We understand that calling attention to a disability
can be offensive - that a person may be "differently-abled" rather than
disabled. And the world's certainly a better place because of these
If these threads have done anything at all of value, they've pointed
out the obvious: We need to go further!
Yes, the time has come to stop using adjectives!
When describing a person, we should eschew the use of "fat" or "plump"
or "large" or "great big" and just use the word "person."
We should stop references to a person's stature! Who knows how much
the word "short" might hurt a Shaq admirer? Who knows how much pain
the word "tall" might bring to a person who's always wanted to be a
jockey? They're not short, nor tall; they're just a "person"!
Perhaps a woman _does_ look like Nicole Kidman; does that mean she
wants to be labeled "beautiful"? Perhaps she craves anonymity and
simply hasn't figured out how to blend in with everyone else! Have a
heart, folks! She's just a "person."
"Person"! That should do it! If you can't describe a person as a
person, just don't describe them at all.
- Frank Krygowski - an old guy with a grey beard who gets slower every