One of the more irritating aspects of contemporary life is the way in which phrases, words or ideas are drained of all meaning lest they give someone, somewhere “offense”. Here’s a recent example from Georgia:
“The state’s school superintendent has proposed striking the word evolution from Georgia’s science curriculum and replacing it with the phrase “biological changes over time.”
The only thing more ridiculous than this decision has been Jimmy Carter’s response:
“Former President Jimmy Carter had harsh words for the change on Friday, calling it an embarrassment and saying it exposes the state to nationwide ridicule.”
Hmm, before Jimmy Carter starts condemning embarrassments that expose his state to nationwide ridicule, he should do one thing first.
Walk over and take a look in a mirror.