Volume 95, Issue 20

Thursday, October 4, 2001
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Taking offense: easy as 1, 2, 3

Re: "UWO gets gypped," Sept. 26

To the Editor:

Language is a normative tool. The choice of words can say more in a sentence than a word's definition has to offer. Our language, from diction to spelling, to prose, is laden with social, cultural and political judgment.

In describing the $2.7 million contribution of the Ontario Superbuild Corporation to Western, The Gazette chose to use the word "gypped."

'Gypped,' derived from 'gypsied,' is a racial slur. Indeed, the modern appropriation of language has taken a derivation of this word from the realm of discrimination and offered it to the realm of colloquial behavior.

The derivation is 'jipped' and insofar as it is likely The Gazette has used 'gypped' unwittingly, the slur and The Gazette are worthy of contempt nonetheless.

The Gazette has an obligation to its readers, the Western community and our Canadian society to represent the truth.

To use the word 'gypped' as opposed to 'jipped' is contemptible not because it is politically incorrect, but because it is disrespectful and legitimates misconceptions that lead to conflict. I expect more from The Gazette.

Eric Fortin

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