2018 has been a brutal year for the English language with the invention of words like Peoplekind and Fisherfolk and now, in a perversely ironic twist of fate from the land of gingers, the term gingerbread man is under the ban in an effort to be more gender equal.
It seems the truly impressive amount of Scottish invention and innovation is ancient history.
Even the land of Braveheart is descending into politically-correct madness after word came down that staff in their parliament’s coffee shop were ordered to stop using the term “Gingerbread Man”, opting instead for the gender-neutral “Gingerbread Person.”
After all, you don’t want to be labeled as some crazy sexist or transphobe when you’re chowing down on a baked-good, right?
And naturally, since the gingerbread edict came into play, there’s no more sexism in Scotland the Brave anymore!
Not really, but the question arises: Why has the developed world become so obsessed lately with watered-down language, safe spaces and political correctness to the point that it is now unintentionally funny?
I think an answer can be found in a book I’m currently reading that notes Scotland was a horrid place to live during the lean years of 1686 to 1703 when they experienced seven years of famine.
When one is literally starving to death thanks to years of failed harvests, the hierarchy of needs takes on a radically different look, doesn’t it?