Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I say swine you say Mexican

And now for something politically stupid

Good grief now we have to be politically correct in talking about influenza? Seems the Israelis find the use of the term swine unacceptable and want it called the Mexican flu. I don't know if the Mexicans would want that or care. The islamists also find it offensive as pigs are considered unclean to both religions. Hey finally something jews and arabs have in common, they both hate pig viruses.
Well I guess that's it. No more tagging illness to countries or animals you might insult somebody. No more references to Spanish flu, German measeles, Hong Kong flu. I'll tell you what I find really sick (no pun intended) is naming illness to people like Lou Garrig or Wagners or whatever. Yep that's how I'd want to be remembered for the next 1000 years by golly, linked to a disease. There's a good one; if you were a disease what would your symptoms be? I've been trying my best to link George W. Bush to a disease or term that will be remembered for the rest of history but nothing seems to stick. Terms like Bushed or Bushwacked just don't quite give that smack of quick mental image as does Hooverville.
At any rate I now see articles in the news using the term human flu. Wouldn't want to offend anybody I guess.


Roger Owen Green said...

literally, LOL

BBC said...

I think that it's all pretty interesting. Good for population control also. And getting these monkeys to stop moving around so much.

Not so good for economy's in some ways, but I'm okay with that also. I'm just going to watch it all with interest and see what way it goes.

If I could get something named after me that would be cool. Hopefully something good but that remains to be seen.

The Blog Fodder said...

I'm surprised the Israelis didn't want it named the Arab flu and vice versa. Like Archie Bunker getting a blood donation from his Black neighbour, it really adds insult to injury when Jews and Muslims get Swine Flu.

J. Marquis said...

I just heard about this on the radio. Hilarious.

Snave said...

On CBS nightly news, Katie Couric was saying the Europeans are calling it the Novel Flu. A novel concept!

S.W. anderson said...

Bush disease? That's easy: chronic perverse incompetence.