A Dutch group wants to ban the word 'thin' from the dictionary because it's insulting to underweight people.
The group, called Small Intestines Anonymous, represents people who struggle to put on weight.
They say the word 'thin' is a term of abuse used by 'fat over-rulers' to put down slender people.
The organisation wrote to Dutch dictionary publishers Kramer and Van Dale asking them not to include the word.
They will also present a 3,000-name petition to Maria van der Hoeve, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Sciences.
But Van Dale spokeswoman Marjolien van den Bergh commented: "We publish a dictionary of spoken and written Dutch. The word 'thin' is part of it. You don't change a language by just erasing a word."
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Yes such a really good idea. Maybe next we can ban speech on the grounds people’s ears might be hurt by the horribly scary pointed words. Maybe we should have everyone’s tongue cut out at birth on the grounds that someone might find a word such as 'slow' to be a mortally insulting wound. Yes this is such a good idea I simply can’t contain my feelings about it. :rolleyes:
Hmm, slight whiff of bovine fecaes that story maybe?
Small Intestines anonymous? Please.
This is going a bit too far. :lol: Do any of them actually have experience of a fatter "over-lord" calling them thin, in an offensive way?...
I pretend to do stuff.
16th January 2004
oh no, they called me thin, this is going to far :rolleyes:
please, this is complete and total bullshit. if you use that as an argument, you might as well erase language completely.
I didn't make it!
Political correctness...I wish I could go back in a time machine and shoot the people who thought up this ridiculous idea. Ban thin, yeah how smart. I guess I will have to call myself schloop instead. "Your pretty schloop according to the BMI chart." Tards, all of them. They just want to gain attention.
TheSaintThis is going a bit too far. :lol: Do any of them actually have experience of a fatter "over-lord" calling them thin, in an offensive way?...
With the words fat overlord, i see an image of some hut like thing in a hover carriage, sooming around and commanding people. Given that i have yet to see them, I say the word thin is fine. After all, wouldn't you want to thin instead of fat?
Thats going a bit far now. But its not like it hasn't been done in the past.
Excuse me while I throw up.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
1st March 2003
What, you're on of them? :p