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Disoriented?

AJ, I hope we won’t acquiesce in the idea that “Orient” is pejorative. (I say “acquiesce in” out of respect for WFB, who disliked “acquiesce to,” which was coming into vogue when I was growing up.) The fact that Biden says “Orient” is one of the few positive things I know about him.

I recently wrote an essay for NR called “Adventures in Lexical Fashion: Today’s progressive term may become tomorrow’s slur.” To see it, go here. This essay is mainly about gay-related stuff — “homosexual” is on the bad list now, apparently — but there are racial and ethnic bits too, including a paragraph on (gasp) “Oriental.”

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