I was going to do a posting about Heisneberg’s Uncertainty Principle, but now I’m not so sure…
Instead, I think I’ll do one about political correctness in writing.
I recently been having an argument – sorry, debate – with a friend of mine about political correctness. By pure chance, I came across an example from a book on grammar.
In a section on appending BC or AD to a year (remember – AD comes before the year, BC comes after) there is a note on the modern alternatives of BCE and CE (Before Common Era & Common Era). Both systems are based quite specifically on the birth of Christ, but one conveniently fudges the issue by not mentioning him – perhaps in the hope that we’ll all eventually forget the embarrassing historical origins of why our dating system works as it does.
I could understand dropping AD and BC if we changed the numbering of the years altogether so that there was some other starting point, but otherwise, if anyone can successfully explain to me the logic behind keeping the same dating system but euphemistically using BCE/CE, I’ll award them ten points!
Oh…it’s Christmas (sorry, Winterval/Mid-Winter Festival/That Time of the Year When We Put Trees Up and Give Gifts Which Has Nothing to do With a Certain Religion) – make it twenty!