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The Official Politically Correct Dictionary and Handbook: Updated! New Entries! Paperback – October 12, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; Rev Upd Su edition (October 12, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679749446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679749448
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beard and Cerf ( The Book of Sequels , LJ 11/15/90) present this outrageously funny lexicon in which they define and prescribe politically correct terms and phrases destined to severely euphemize common usage for generations to come. It includes a politically incorrect-correct usage handbook, as well as a section devoted to "other suspect words, concepts and heroes." It will be especially handy for politicians and business executives. It's simply indispensable if you hear a neighbor talk about her new "botanical companion" (plant) after you've only just discovered her "significant other" (a.k.a. "partner") is really her husband, a "follicularly challenged" (bald) "person of stupor" (wino) with "alternative dentation" (false teeth). While not expected to replace Strunk and White, this is a droll reminder of what's happening to contemporary English usage. We're sounding more like the Coneheads every day. Highly recommended.
- Joe Accardi, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Newly expanded and up-to-the-minute, a bestselling guide to survival in multicultural America in the sensitive 1990s. Includes even more real and satirical definitions to help keep thought cops away. Illustrated throughout.

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2003
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When I first bought the book, I was expecting high quality entertainment, providing razor-sharp satire on a society rapidly increasing its speed into the chasm of death. I got that, but I got so much more.
The book does an excellent job of providing a realistic look at the language the few schmucks in power have forced upon us.
Of course I laugh at everything, because it all seems so stupid. But, after finishing the book and going back out into the real world, I was shocked at exactly how true the book really was.
What has happened to this country? Have we become so paranoid about the remote possiblity of offending someone that we've really created a euphemism for the word dead? I mean, how many dead people are going to be offened if we call them dead? Answer: None.
This book helped me realize exactly how pointless the whole process of political correctness is. When are these people going to realize that changing the word does not change the condition? It's not only pointless, but it's hurting this country. All these people are doing is sheilding people from reality. Political correctness is a stupid idea which needs to be eliminated (I'm sorry, neutralized).
Good book, bad idea.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 1998
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I bought the book on a holiday to the US. Read it. Shook my head. Talked about it with friends in the US. So - that's PC ? This book helped me to understand - and laugh about - the concept of politically correct talking by the reality-challenged folks who obviously USE such terms... Recommended !
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Luis Hernandez on July 24, 2000
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As we enter the 21st century, it has become very imprtant to improve our language skills for everyday use. Due to the reality of frivilous lawsuits or the development of customer relations skills in today's global economy, it has become very important to acquire advanced communication skills that don't refer to a person's age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other human characteristic in a demeaning manner.
This is where "The Officially Politically Correct Dictionary & Handbook," comes into hand. Originally written as a humor book, this book is actually quite resourceful in anyday situations involving individuals who are different, irritating, or sensitive to what one might say. While working in retail, and later in marketing, I have found that this book allowed me to use proper terms that wouldn't offend anyone. While many of my coworkers and clients laughed at times, this book will come in handy for many service employees. Flight Attendants, Retail Workers, Human Resources Employees, etc..., this book has almost every correct word to say in today's complexed world of jargon.
Whether dealing with a "difficult woman," (primadonna), a "horizontally-challenged" person (fat), or a "Domestic Incarceration Survivor," (housewife) this humorous, yet helpful book will provide the reader with beneficial words and phrases to add anyone's vocabulary. Truly, this is a must have book in today's marketplace!
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1998
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A boyfriend gave me this book as a gift because we had been making PC jokes for a while. It was funny, but not to the point where I was laughing out loud funny. I guess I wish he would have taken me out to a nice dinner instead of spending money on the book. Oh well. --Kim
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