Politically Incorrect

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  • A term that describes any form of speech that would cause offense to an identity group. The term is a play on the antonym of the pejorative term politically correct. Politically correct was first used by the Supreme Court in Chisholm v. Georgia (1793); it was used in a literal sense regarding the correctness of a citizen's right to sue a state government. The concept of political correctness faded from usage until the 1930s, when the term was used sarcastically to refer to American communists. Thirty years later, moderate radicals called their more extreme counterparts “politically correct.” In the 1980s, conservatives described the behavior of liberals, especially those associated with academia, who attacked others' viewpoints as politically correct. The term's usage has continued in modern ...

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