What isn’t offensive language in today’s PC climate?

John M. Robinson, the Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. State Department, wants American diplomats to know that common phrases like “holding down the fort” are, in fact, extremely offensive to native Americans.

According to Robinson’s report in State Magazine, the phrase dates back to American soldiers on the western frontier who wanted to “hold down” all that land they stole.

Robinson also warns against using terms such as “going Dutch,” “handicap” and “rule of thumb.” Predictably, his report made no mention of Biden’s comment about “Going to put y’all back in chains,” referring to the Republicans.

He singled out the phrase, “Going Dutch” as a negative portrayal of the Dutch as cheap.

Robinson went on to urge caution over the word “handicap,” as some disability advocates “believe this term is rooted in a correlation between a disabled individual and a beggar, who had to beg with a cap in his or her hand because of the inability to maintain employment.”

The report also warns about using the phrase “Rule of Thumb,” which comes from English Common Law which deemed it a man’s right to beat his wife with a stick no bigger that the diameter of his thumb!

Further, he explained, “If her bruises were not larger than the width of his thumb, the husband could not be brought to court to answer for his behavior because he had not violated the ‘rule of thumb.'” This phrase must have been the precursor to the Republican’s “War on Women.”

Robinson has his work cut out for him when it comes to eliminating these phrases, beginning with the very top levels of government, with Biden’s foot in Mouth disease and even Obama has been known to use some of these forbidden phrases:

“I know you guys have been holding down the fort,” he told a roaring crowd of 15,000 at the St. Pete Times Forum, an arena in downtown in Tampa.

And when nominating Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank last year, President Obama joked about having envy about Kim’s prowess playing golf.

“I just found out he’s a five handicap in golf. I’m a little resentful about that last item.” The White House obviously needs diversity training by the State Department, don’t you think?

Doen’t the Obama bureaucrats have something better to do with their time, like figuring out ways to increase jobs? How about coming up with a viable energy policy to make America independent from those wishing to destroy our way of life!

No politically incorrect phrases were intended in this post, even if readers don’t realize the “Politically Correct” meaning of the phrases. We should feel fortunate to have our “Big Brother” State Department to point out the error of our ways in this important matter.

It is typical of the current purveyors of correctness in all sections of our country — perception of thoughts, looks and statements has become more important than action itself against individuals. Besides, if we learn the phrases that might offend somebody, anybody, we may find the truth offensive, and we can’t have that!



  1. Only thing worse than political correctness, is the hypocrisy of it. Imagine if a republican said what Biden did. And to see blacks go on TV and say he didn’t imply slavery just shows how phoney their whole racism card is. How do they expect to get respect if they flat out lie for political reasons? I guess it’s more important to not criticize the government they are so dependant on.

  2. JRM_CommonSense

    I liked the little note at the bottom of this post that warned us that “This entry was posted in doublespeak”! See what happens when you only read half the words in a sentence. Too funny!

    • Ted Biondo

      JRM – the “doublespeak” is a keyword that allows the post to be searched on the internet not that the post is in doublespeak – it’s about doublespeak of the Obama Administration. I can’t believe that this observation is all you commented on considering the idiocy of the Obama administration trying to restrict first amendment rights and obscure the meanings of words that the state department is trying to do.

      What about the waste of time on something as stupid as this – I know you see how Obama and his dupes are trying to put everything they can under government control – just the beginning of the 1984 mentality, control, control and all you comment on, is the way the internet keyword looks in the sentence of the blog software.

      Your concern about what’s happening in this country under Obama is what’s funny, buddy!

  3. You may find this informative:

    The Condensed Liberal Handbook of Racial Code Words


    This might also be useful:

    10 Concepts Liberals Talk About Incessantly But Don’t Understand


  4. JRM_CommonSense

    Well Ted, once again, you show that you are so bent on blaming everything on the current administration that you have, in fact, provided a great example of doublespeak. If you had done your research, you would know what the Office of Civil Rights in the State Department is trying to do. The fact that public officials (from all parties) do not use correct”political speak” all of the time is not cause for the silly indictment that you are trying to pass off as intelligent political discussion.

    This post of yours is just another in a long line of posts you have made that take the most idiotic things and try to make them appear as extremely important and injurious to the welfare of the people of the United States. My comment clearly pointed out the inanity that you have once again stooped to in an effort to denegrate the President of the United States.

    To rant that the efforts of the State Department to make sure that its employees do not offend other cultures while doing their job is actually the current administration trying to take away our freedoms is the really funny part of this whole post. AND it is a classic example of doublespeak. I was being humorous and a tad bit sarcastic with my comment, and you were unable to see the humor in it. That says a lot about the mentality that stoops to such misguided attempts to make relevance out of totally irrelevant things. It is also extremely funny to watch you try to make us believe that you have some meaningful insight into this administration’s draconian plan to take over all aspects of American life – especially when you use this type of idiocy to present it.

    So BUDDY, clean up your act, and present real problems, not this type of idiocy. Maybe it you could find your sense of humor again and get rid of your deep-seated hatred of this man you could become more believable. It is hard to take you seriously when you do present important truthful points when it follows, or is followed, by crap like this. Stick to the important stuff and you will be more believable. And BUDDY, this post presented nothing of importance! If you do not realize that, maybe you are beyond help!

  5. @ JRM: I find it interesting that you spent so much time responding to a post that “presented nothing of importance”. Apparently you have an insatiable need to display your border-line omnipotence to all us uninformed and ignorant peasants.

    One question: Do you have problems finding hats to cover your swollen head?

  6. JRM_CommonSense

    Once again, SNuss, you have said something true about yourself – you are one of the “uninformed and ignorant peasants”. Another perfect example of your smart mouth making you look like a donkey. You just keep patting Ted on the back and he will continue to stroke your need for feeling that you belong to “something of importance” – as inane as the expression of that “something of importance” happens to be.

  7. No, they don’t make hats that big.

  8. JRM_CommonSense

    And you know that becauae you have tried them all on, or is it another one of the facts you espouse and know is true even though it is goes unreported?

  9. Actually, given the location of your head, a hat would only make insertion more difficult.
    It also explains your flatulently inane commentary.
    BTW, is it difficult to find a neurologist/proctologist to treat your problems?

    Back to the subject, Larry Elder has a good column on this subject:

    This is a teachable moment.

    The Democratic Party has lost the “white vote” in every presidential election since 1964. Democrats attribute this to white racism. Yet in 2008, when a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll asked whether voters would refuse to vote for a qualified black for president, only 3 percent of Republicans said “yes.” More Democrats — at 4 percent — than Republicans admitted refusing to vote for a qualified black for president. Republican presidents have appointed more blacks to positions of authority than have Democrats. Of the black members of the House of Representatives, the only ones from majority white districts are Republicans.

    Read the rest at: http://www.creators.com/opinion/larry-elder/democrats-hypocrisy-on-race-when-will-people-wake-up.html

  10. JRM_CommonSense

    And you complain every time someone else brings race up. Yet here you are plowing through the race field like a pig looking for truffles. What a joke you are. Anyone who even remotely takes you seriously have to be starting to reduce the remotely part to “not”.

    And once again you take the part of the 3rd grade playground bully with the potty mind and mouth. But it confirms that you still have that fixation with other people’s rear ends. Maybe you need to find yourself a psychiatrist before you end up in jail and then have to register once you get out. What a joke you are.

    Ted, this guy is a perfect example of someone incapable of carrying on human conversation, much less politically correct conversation. When he cannot prove his point with believable sources or credible “reported” data, he resorts to “unreported (but he knows its factual)” data, and after that he reverts to his fixations. Do you really find him to be a fine example of the type of conservative you want on your side?

    • Ted Biondo

      Let’s stick with the issues guys and leave the negative comments for someone else, Ok?

  11. If JRM is through with his tantrum, we can get back to the subject-Liberal race-based bias!

    Here are some examples:

    During the 2008 presidential campaign, talk show host Bill Cunningham was accused of racism. His crime was to use the full name of Barack Hussein Obama at a campaign rally. To liberals, including Republican nominee John McCain, it was somehow racist to mention Obama’s middle name. Never mind that the President has often referred to his middle name and it was heard by millions of Americans when he took the oath of office. Incredibly, Cunningham had crossed some sort of imaginary line created by the liberal news media and Democrats who work full time to protect Barack Obama.

    Read the rest at: http://www.bayoubuzz.com/buzz/item/57037-obama-biden-liberal-media-keep-race-bias-in-chains

  12. And…

    The Huffington Post misquoted Ohio Governor John Kasich from a Wednesday Tampa event to make a comment of his seem racist.

    According to author Jon Ward, the Ohio governor said that African-Americans need to be convinced that they can “come off the streets” and become small business owners.

    Read the rest at: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/09/01/Huffington-Post-smears-John-Kasich-with-racist-misquote

  13. JRM_CommonSense

    I thought the subject was: What isn’t offensive language in today’s PC climate?

  14. Obviously, you didn’t read the articles. It discussed how some words are considered “racist” when spoken by conservatives, but not when used by Leftists. For example, see the following: http://www.black-and-right.com/2012/08/23/bob-is-a-racist/

  15. Otherwise, this should explain a lot:


  16. JRM_CommonSense

    Still have not seen anything about “Liberal race-based bias” in Ted’s post!

  17. All these sites depict “offensive” language, as defined by hypocritical Leftists. This is the same group of anal-retentives who proclaim what is, or is not, “politically correct” language.
    Gee, no wonder that you agree with them.

  18. BTW, Ted, that “Chief Diversity Officer is completely wrong about the origins of “Hold down the fort”, as the following shows:

    The correct phrase is “hold the fort” – there’s no “down”.

    Since the Middle Ages “hold” in a military context has meant, “to keep forcibly against an adversary; defend; occupy”. If the commander of a fort decided to take some of his forces to make a foray against the enemy, he would always have to leave some of his men in charge of a reliable officer to hold the fort against any possible attack while they were away. (VSD)

    : “Hold down the fort” is a variation. The original use of the phrase “hold the fort” was a military order wired by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864 to Gen. John M. Corse at Allatoona during the Civil War. “Records show that the actual words had been ‘Hold out, relief is coming,’ but ‘fort’ is what caught on and was further popularized when it was made the refrain of a gospel song by Philip Paul Bliss.” From “Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches,” second edition, edited by Christine Ammer, Checkmark Books, New York, 2006. Page 202.

    I accept that this incident is what popularised the phrase, but it can’t possibly have been the *original* use! English-speaking people have been holding forts, and ordering other people to hold forts, for close on a millennium. (VSD)

    Source: http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/59/messages/937.html

  19. The explanation for “rule of thumb” doesn’t hold up, either:

    The ‘rule of thumb’ has been said to derive from the belief that English law allowed a man to beat his wife with a stick so long as it is was no thicker than his thumb. In 1782, Judge Sir Francis Buller is reported as having made this legal ruling and in the following year James Gillray published a satirical cartoon attacking Buller and caricaturing him as ‘Judge Thumb’. The cartoon shows a man beating a fleeing woman and Buller carrying two bundles of sticks. The caption reads “thumbsticks – for family correction: warranted lawful!”

    It seems that Buller was hard done by. He was notoriously harsh in his punishments and had a reputation for arrogance, but there’s no evidence that he ever made the ruling that he is infamous for. Edward Foss, in his authoritative work The Judges of England, 1870, wrote that, despite a searching investigation, “no substantial evidence has been found that he ever expressed so ungallant an opinion”.

    It’s certainly the case that, although British common law once held that it was legal for a man to chastise his wife in moderation (whatever that meant), the ‘rule of thumb’ has never been the law in England.

    Read the rest at: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/rule-of-thumb.html

  20. These are the only “gang members” that liberals are concerned about stopping.


  21. I wonder if the students are allowed to write those numbers on their math papers?
    Zero tolerance policies equal zero thinking by the bureaucracy.

  22. Here is a political commercial WITHOUT any PC blathering:


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