THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE-KNOXVILLE: FROM PC TO BS

Earlier today I blogged about the left wing lunatics at Washington State University.  Now we have this, from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (UT-K).

Excerpted from an article at breitbart.com (you didn\’t expect it to be from one of the networks, did you?  I hope you\’re not that naive):

The University of Tennessee Knoxville posted a language guide Wednesday titled “Inclusive Practice: Pronoun Usage,” encouraging students to use non-“gender binary” words to describe their peers.

Donna Braquet…director of the university‚Äôs “Pride Center,” wrote:

We are familiar with the singular pronouns she, her, hers and he, him, his, but those are not the only singular pronouns. In fact, there are dozens of gender-neutral pronouns.

A few of the most common singular gender-neutral pronouns are they, them, their (used as singular), ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, xyr.

These may sound a little funny at first, but only because they are new. The she and he pronouns would sound strange too if we had been taught ze when growing up.

Let\’s stop and think about this for a minute.  ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, xyr?  Those “among the most common singular gender-neutral pronouns?  To me, they look like the kind of thing that happens when I accidentally start typing with my fingers one over to the left or right.

Now let\’s look at the accompanying chart which was supplied, just in case any student doubted how serious the school was about this:

diversity.utk.edu

 

In any event, there – unaccountably, I\’m sure – was a slight bit of negative reaction to this re-invention of the English language.  So what did UT-K then say?

A statement from a university spokesman said: \’We would like to offer clarification of the statements that have been made referring to gender-neutral language.

\’There is no mandate or official policy to use the language. The information provided in our Office of Diversity and Inclusion newsletter was offered as a resource to our campus community on inclusive practices.

\’We recognize that most people prefer to use the pronouns he and she; we do not dictate speech.

\’We do strive to be a diverse and inclusive campus and to ensure that everyone feels welcome, accepted, and respected.\’

That so, guys?  You didn\’t actually expect students to incorporate this newspeak into their everyday language?  Then why did you issue that statement and that chart in the first place? 

Tell you what:  Any student who believes you didn\’t want him or her (uh, is that zir and hir, or did I forget an “x” or two) to incorporate your newspeak into their everyday language, is not bright enough to be at a universi…..uh, actually that is incorrect:  maybe the student is bright enough to be at your university.

Just curious, is there a major at UT-K for “Being A PC Clown And Making A Fool Of Yourself For Lots Of Tuition Money”?

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