But this sort of linguistic deterioration takes place outside the customary political sphere as well. I admit I hadn't thought about it, but of course it's invaded other fields, like anthropology. Yes, there is still an actual science called anthropology, though most of what goes on under that name isn't a science at all. But I was recently made aware of the fact that you don't say "witch doctor" any more, but "traditional healer" instead, even if the usual practice of the traditional healer is to kill people by cursing them. I just read a blog post by Henry Harpending about a witch doctor. He reminds us that our traditional picture of witch doctor is actually a lot more accurate than the current PC notion, and that some quite intelligent Third Worlders still believe in witches and witch doctors, and carry that belief with them when they come to live next door. And, he doesn't say, but I'll add, that is exactly the sort of thing we import when we take in immigrants from the wrong places.
But read his post HERE and think about it.