The defenders of politically correct language claim it is a civilizing influence on society, that it discourages the use of words that have negative or offensive connotations and thereby grants respect to people who are the victims of unfair stereotypes. In this view, the purpose and effect of politically correct language are to prevent bullying and offensive behavior and to replace terms loaded with offensive undertones with allegedly impartial words throughout society. People are discouraged from referring to someone as ,”mentally retarded” to say instead, “ having special needs,” and not to refer to a “garbageman” but as “environmental service worker.”
The ugly words of being too fat or skinny in our society can cause harm for those having these conditions. These words involve over half the world populations. They can invoke anger when used in any language. So, we say the person has a glandular problem, the person cannot help the unhealthy food they eat. As we make politically correct excuses for that person, not wanting to hurt the individual; instead of speaking out and encouraging the person to diet and exercise for their own health. The word skinny is avoided because it may be caused by bulimia, anorexia, smoking too much, or some disease like cancer. Rather than facing honest realities of serious inquiring about health conditions.
Political correctness in any form does not reduce offensive behavior. It aims at eliminating offenses to anyone at all costs in society. It encourages groups to coalesce into oppressed entities by suppressing free speech. It helps governments oppress churches to conform to the state, by placing moral free speech and mandate obstacles in the way of a free religious society. Perhaps the heart of politically correct language lies dishonesty, not civility. This reality is manifested in the preference for vagueness over specificity, and for propaganda over honorable intentions. Could it be the politically correct society has carried this too far and is not the civilized society, but rather the dishonesty society?