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December 22, 2022



So much of that list came from other lists that have been circulating at other universities for a while. Here's an article from The Atlantic from over a year ago about a list at Brandeis: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/07/brandeis-language-police-have-suggestions-you/619347/
And there are so many recent articles now saying it's some kind of Stanford administration policy but it's not. It was a document created for discussion within the IT community at Stanford to point out that some terms can be problematic in certain uses.
I've seen the full document and there is some interesting food for thought and discussion. Out of context, though, a lot of it certainly seems ridiculous and bizarre. Even in context, a lot of it makes me want to shake my head and say, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." Or "Sometimes a brown bag is just a brown bag."


Marc Andreessen tweeted that someone isn't up to date on the latest language instructions at Stanford after Zelensky thanked "Americans" for their support :-O


I really liked this one of his: https://twitter.com/pmarca/status/1605445401116409856?cxt=HHwWgICg_cKF2McsAAAA


What in the world is going on at Stanford? SBF has his ankle bracelet on at his parents' house but they don't have theirs on? Some professor just coughed up $29 million in a fraud case? Kids are getting scholarships for sports they don't play? And the Tree is getting cut off at the stump for being too rambunctious?


This is pretty funny too:



As for verboten terms I hope they fix that "non-binary" thing.
It is an offensive term now because it categorizes people into "binary" and "non binary".


You might want to check out on youtube a podcast by Darkhorse called "Stanford's acceptable language list".

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I love the title of this Thread Joe. In fact I may change my "Handle" to Ms. Tom Foolery. Anyway a large tree just fell in my neighbors back years. Has anyone had any issues with tree issues?
Happy New Year All.

Haystack Calhoun

It began when Stanfurd or ('Furd) eliminated the Indian mascot and became the 'Cardinal'--not even a bird but a color.


Here is a fun LTTE in the weekend WSJ regarding the Stanfoolery:

I’m reminded of the second-grade teacher who asked her students to stand if they thought they were stupid. After a pregnant pause, little Alfred stood up. “Alfred,” the teacher said, “do you think you are stupid?” “No, ma’am,” he replied, “but I didn’t want you standing up there alone.”

Steve Reckker

Romeo, MI

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Stanford removes ‘harmful language guide’ from website following backlash.


Here's an entry for the "keep your head down, dammit" file:

The University of Southern California isn’t banning the word “field,” no matter what its School of Social Work may say.

Elizabeth A. Graddy, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said Thursday there is no campus prohibition on the use of “field” after an uproar over the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s decision to replace the term with “practicum.”

“The university does not maintain a list of banned or discouraged words. We will continue to use words – including ‘field’ – that accurately encompass and describe our work and research,” said Ms. Graddy in an email to The Washington Times.

The School of Social Work was mocked relentlessly after the release of a Jan. 9 memo showing that the department had decided to abolish the word “field” from its curriculum, citing its association with slavery.

The memo from the “Practicum Education Department” said the change aligns with initiatives including the 2021 National Association of Social Work’s “commitment to undoing racism through social work.”

Paloma Ave

Joe - Thanks for the article above!


You're welcome. This is a post that will just keep on delivering free entertainment.


Here's another one

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to rename Wool Street in the city’s Bernal Heights neighborhood to Vegan Wool Street to bring attention to the cruelty inflicted on sheep during the wool-shearing process.


Oh non-binary. Here we go again. Trigger warning on new bad words. Oops.

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