A phenomena perpetuated by politicians, mainly liberals, with the purpose of eliminating stereotypes. This stems from the fact that words now become occasionally associated with negative images. For example: Mexican denotes an illegal immigrant who works for below-minimum wage and doesn't speak English; Black means that a person is on welfare and is a gang member; White conjures the image of someone who is rich, uppity, fake, and wimpy; Southern describes a person as a stupid racist redneck; and Crippled is associated with someone who is old and cannot contribute to society. Ultimately it is a well-intentioned, but nonetheless bad, idea. It is a bad idea because if we start referring to people as "Caucasian" or "African American" then those words will begin to be associated with the same images that "White" and "Black" were. Another reason it will not work is because it tries to change people's thought processes and people generally don't like it when their heads are messed with. It treats people like they are children who don't understand. The third reason it is a terrible idea which will fail is because it is nonsensical: I know several black people who were born in Africa and should be called African Americans. But if a black person is born in England and moves to America would they be called African Americans? Or what about a white person born in Africa? Black Americans or simply Black should be what they are called. In short, Poltical Correctness is an unintelligent idea taken too far.
Boss utilizing Political Correctness: "Hello its nice to meet you Mr. Clancy. It's good to have an African-American on the team here at our store."
Mr. Clancy: "Sir I was born and raised in England, I'm not African and I'm not American you can just call me black."

10 Years into the future: "Okay class now lets read about the United Statesian Revolution and how the Amer- I mean United Statesians defeated the British."
by notreallyanythingpolitically June 06, 2006
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See bullshit. Proof that George Orwell was way ahead of his time when he wrote his "1984" novel.
Examples of politically correct bullshit.

midget = vertically challenged
fat = horizontally challenged
perverted = sexually dysfunctional
alive = temporarily metabolically abled
Negro = African American
Indian = Native American
Anyone from Central America, South America, or the Carribean = Hispanic
body odor = nondiscretionary fragrance
dishonese = ethically disoriented
gay = different
wrong = differently logical
dead = living impaired
pregnant = parasitically opressed
fired = laid off
poor = financially inept
homeless = residentially flexible
tall = person of height
garbage-man = sanitation engineer
blind = visually challenged
by AYB April 02, 2003
Something that started out as a sort of moral common sense - actually not a bad idea, eg. saying 'black person' instead of 'god-damn cotton-pickin' nigger'.
However, the whole thing got utterly out of hand in the early 90s to the point where a lot of people will say 'Afro-Carribean' or 'Afro-American' because they think it's racist to say 'black'! It gets even more ridiculous when you consider that in some parts people think it's offensive to 'blackboard' or 'black coffee'.

What began as a force for good (considering the number of people who really are racist, sexist and homophobic) has since become a laughing stock beacause of the ridiculous extremes to which certain neurotic ultra-liberals took it - cf. a person being 'vertically challenged' rather than short. This has actually undone a lot of progress made in changing bigoted attitudes (as bigot can claim any offence taken at their views is 'political correctness gone mad), whilst making people feel guilty for enjoying anything but the blandest, most anaemic humour for fear of being 'offensive'. I mean, seriously, what's funnier out of 'Friends' and 'South Park'? (Or 'The League of Gentlemen' for the benefit of any Brits out there?)

At the same time as straight white able-bodied men are going out of their way to talk about 'ethnic people' (who ISN'T ethnic!?) and those of 'different sexual orientation', there are blacks calling themselves niggas (which has been going on for years), gays calling themselves (and eachother!) poof, queens and queers, and so on - the real way to neutralize a term used as as an insult is for those to whom it was applied to use it themselves.

AT its worst, political correctness is nothing different form Orwell's Newspeak - an attempt to change the way people think by forcibly changing the way they speak. So let's have a backlash against the nannying, interefering, cotton-wool Stalinism 'ploitical correctness' has become - not to placate bigots, but to speak the truth and enjoy outrageous humour like we're meant to. Remember, the next time someone says they don't like Harry Potter because Hermione is a stereotypically sensitive girl, the relevant word to call them is 'cunt'.
See also liberal guilt, stereotyping, stupidity

b.t.w. a great many stereotypes exist because they're essentially TRUE.
Tory Politician: "The over-reaction to that joke I told about the bloody nog-nogs is just another example of political correctness gone mad!"

Limp-wristed idiot: "I'm not sure I feel comfortable with your use of the word 'woman', and the assumption of an inflexible gender binary that goes with it..."
by Some ranter January 30, 2004
An inverted facsist philosophy that absolutely no-one should conform to unless they are an ignorant, bleeding-heart liberal idiot.
''Yes i'd like a black coffee, please''.

''Excuse me Sir that is uncalled for. Its 'coffee without milk' ''.

''Just fuck off and bring me my coffee, you fucking liberal!''
by BadLieutenant June 06, 2004
The death of comedy.
When all shows are politically correct, show's like South Park will be the first to go
by Anonymous April 26, 2003
Organized Orwellian intolerance and stupidity, disguised as compassionate liberalism.
Political correctness is most well known as an institutional excuse for the harassment and exclusion of people with differing political views.
by Media Bias Web Site February 12, 2004
Tha ├╝bersensitive liberal's favorite tool, which they use on society to corrupt young minds
by Omega Death March 31, 2003
Political correctness is far more than just silly, constipated speech codes. It is an entire moral outlook and cultural ethos -- namely, that of the political Left.

Basically, a person or thing is considered 'politically correct' when it gives positive strokes to the Left's angelic, messianic self-conception.

Lefties like to demonize anybody who dares to criticize them, but I decline to reciprocate. I don't think they are demons; I think they are all too human. They are "dodging the grim shadow of self-knowledge", fearing the unavoidable Loss of Innocence this would bring, and the frank acknowledgement that they too are part of the human slime-mold --
capable of foul behavior and bad judgement just like everybody else. It's time for them too get off their friggin' pedestal.....

I could go on and on describing what political correctness is, but I'll content myself with the brief observation that what I've written here is 180 degrees opposite to it.
I'm pretty sure that a few politically correct people will read this and think I am talking about somebody else....
by fidelbogen January 11, 2005

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