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(Fox News)   Seattle Officials have decided that the words "citizen" and "brown bag" are now offensive language. Dumbass is safe and never goes out of style   (foxnews.com) divider line 151
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2013-08-02 08:28:29 AM
Oh for Fark's sake...
 
2013-08-02 08:54:50 AM
"Luckily, we've got options,"

lol
 
2013-08-02 09:03:30 AM

Mike_LowELL: "Luckily, we've got options,"

lol


That offends me.  I'm married and do not have any options.
 
2013-08-02 09:10:36 AM

minoridiot: Mike_LowELL: "Luckily, we've got options,"

lol

That offends me.  I'm married and do not have any options.


You being married offends me. There are people in this country still being denied marriage rights.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-08-02 09:10:47 AM
"For 'citizens,' how about 'residents?'"

They are not synonyms. If you can change the word, you were using the wrong word in the first place.  And while you're thinking about the difference, consider also whether your policies apply to anybody habitually within city limits or only to those whose domicile is in the city (who may not actually be residents, or citizens, because they are aliens or temporarily living elsewhere with intent to return).
 
2013-08-02 09:13:29 AM

Nabb1: minoridiot: Mike_LowELL: "Luckily, we've got options,"

lol

That offends me.  I'm married and do not have any options.

You being married offends me. There are people in this country still being denied marriage rights.


That's why I'm refusing to get married until all gay citizens have their rights recognized.

The fact that I don't have a girlfriend at this point is irrelevant. My decision for justice!
 
2013-08-02 09:20:39 AM

Nabb1: minoridiot: Mike_LowELL: "Luckily, we've got options,"

lol

That offends me.  I'm married and do not have any options.

You being married offends me. There are people in this country still being denied marriage rights.


I'm offended that you're offended to his marriage.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-08-02 09:23:08 AM
Don't any of you understand that the woman of my dreams married another man? My lawyer will be in touch with you over the emotional distress hearing your casual discussion of marriage has caused. As soon as I can find a half black half Native American transgender lawyer to take my case.
 
2013-08-02 09:30:22 AM
In an interview with Seattle's KIRO Radio, Bronstein said the term "brown bag" has been used historically as a way to judge skin color.
"For a lot of particularly African-American community members, the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people's skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event or to come into a party that was being held in a private home," Bronstein said.


 Wow!  I learned something new today.  For decades I only knew "brown bag" as the act of bringing my own lunch in a brown paper bag instead of a lunch box or buying something there, or having it be provided for me.

Hell Urbandictionary.com and dictionary.com haven't heard of that particular reference or slang.
 
2013-08-02 09:37:19 AM

ZAZ: Don't any of you understand that the woman of my dreams married another man? My lawyer will be in touch with you over the emotional distress hearing your casual discussion of marriage has caused. As soon as I can find a half black half Native American transgender lawyer to take my case.


She discriminated against you by marrying him instead.  You should sue her for it.
 
2013-08-02 09:40:10 AM

BizarreMan: Hell Urbandictionary.com and dictionary.com haven't heard of that particular reference or slang.


you suck at googling.
 
2013-08-02 09:41:59 AM

BizarreMan: In an interview with Seattle's KIRO Radio, Bronstein said the term "brown bag" has been used historically as a way to judge skin color.
"For a lot of particularly African-American community members, the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people's skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event or to come into a party that was being held in a private home," Bronstein said.

 Wow!  I learned something new today.  For decades I only knew "brown bag" as the act of bringing my own lunch in a brown paper bag instead of a lunch box or buying something there, or having it be provided for me.

Hell Urbandictionary.com and dictionary.com haven't heard of that particular reference or slang.


That's been around for a long time in New Orleans. Lighter skinned creole blacks began moving up the socio-economic ladder many, many years ago and began emulating the white elites by forming social organizations, many centered on Mardi Gras, and the "brown bag test" was often used to keep darker-skinned, non-Creoles out.
 
2013-08-02 09:44:25 AM

BizarreMan: In an interview with Seattle's KIRO Radio, Bronstein said the term "brown bag" has been used historically as a way to judge skin color.
"For a lot of particularly African-American community members, the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people's skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event or to come into a party that was being held in a private home," Bronstein said.

 Wow!  I learned something new today.  For decades I only knew "brown bag" as the act of bringing my own lunch in a brown paper bag instead of a lunch box or buying something there, or having it be provided for me.

Hell Urbandictionary.com and dictionary.com haven't heard of that particular reference or slang.


You farking racist.
 
2013-08-02 09:49:33 AM
I'm going to start calling brown bags "Tallboy transportation containers"
 
2013-08-02 10:04:16 AM

Nabb1: BizarreMan: In an interview with Seattle's KIRO Radio, Bronstein said the term "brown bag" has been used historically as a way to judge skin color.
"For a lot of particularly African-American community members, the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people's skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event or to come into a party that was being held in a private home," Bronstein said.

 Wow!  I learned something new today.  For decades I only knew "brown bag" as the act of bringing my own lunch in a brown paper bag instead of a lunch box or buying something there, or having it be provided for me.

Hell Urbandictionary.com and dictionary.com haven't heard of that particular reference or slang.

That's been around for a long time in New Orleans. Lighter skinned creole blacks began moving up the socio-economic ladder many, many years ago and began emulating the white elites by forming social organizations, many centered on Mardi Gras, and the "brown bag test" was often used to keep darker-skinned, non-Creoles out.


Octoroon's Ball!!
 
2013-08-02 10:21:54 AM
For fark's sake Seattle, this is the kind of nonsense that gives blowhards like Limbaugh ammunition to paint liberals as oversensitive clowns.  If someone is offended by the terms 'citizen' or 'brown bag' the problem is them, not the term.
 
2013-08-02 10:41:31 AM

Aarontology: I'm going to start calling brown bags "Tallboy transportation containers"


*Boy*?!
 
2013-08-02 10:52:23 AM

Aarontology: I'm going to start calling brown bags "Tall non-height-impaired boy transportation containers"


My feelings are safer, now
 
2013-08-02 11:00:07 AM
The liberals who came up with this policy are just plain stupid.
 
2013-08-02 11:25:24 AM
Don't worry about correcting your out-of-control police force or anything. We have language to police here.

/in other news, I live in Seattle and this is the first I've heard of this language scrubbing
//cry harder, Fox news
 
2013-08-02 11:29:37 AM

The My Little Pony Killer: Don't worry about correcting your out-of-control police force or anything. We have language to police here.

/in other news, I live in Seattle and this is the first I've heard of this language scrubbing
//cry harder, Fox news


Who's crying ? Local source http://www.komonews.com/news/local/City-officials-urge-ban-on-potenti o nally-offensive-language----218033521.html
 
2013-08-02 11:45:22 AM

Lor M. Ipsum: Aarontology: I'm going to start calling brown bags "Tall non-height-impaired  boy age and gender neutral transportation containers"

My feelings are safer, now


Check your privilege
 
2013-08-02 11:56:20 AM
So does this mean I have to be black to order the brown bag special now?
 
2013-08-02 11:58:33 AM
While stupid, I think that in a lot of cases "Citizen" and "civilian" are used by officials, especially in law enforcement, to differentiate themselves and reinforce the us vs. them mentality that is increasingly pervasive amount the bureaucracy.
 
2013-08-02 11:59:55 AM

serial_crusher: BizarreMan: Hell Urbandictionary.com and dictionary.com haven't heard of that particular reference or slang.

you suck at googling.


Huh.. I'll be damned. I always thought it was what you did with an ugly person you were having sex with.
 
2013-08-02 12:00:17 PM

Thoguh: While stupid, I think that in a lot of cases "Citizen" and "civilian" are used by officials, especially in law enforcement, to differentiate themselves and reinforce the us vs. them mentality that is increasingly pervasive amount the bureaucracy.


You sir, are part of the problem.
 
2013-08-02 12:00:47 PM
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will leave you needing years of therapy to deal with the trauma.
 
2013-08-02 12:00:53 PM
I'd bet money there's some kind of law regarding 'citizens' they don't like and this is their way of circumventing it.
 
2013-08-02 12:01:34 PM
According to the memo, city employees should use the terms "lunch-and-learn" or "sack lunch" instead of "brown bag."

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Don't you wanna know how they got in there?
 
2013-08-02 12:02:03 PM

BizarreMan: In an interview with Seattle's KIRO Radio, Bronstein said the term "brown bag" has been used historically as a way to judge skin color.
"For a lot of particularly African-American community members, the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people's skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event or to come into a party that was being held in a private home," Bronstein said.

 Wow!  I learned something new today.  For decades I only knew "brown bag" as the act of bringing my own lunch in a brown paper bag instead of a lunch box or buying something there, or having it be provided for me.

Hell Urbandictionary.com and dictionary.com haven't heard of that particular reference or slang.


I've never, ever heard that, and I've been around awhile.  Good Lord, Seattle.
 
2013-08-02 12:02:25 PM
Imagine the social faux pas one would make if they mistakenly called an illegal alien a "citizen!"
 
2013-08-02 12:02:33 PM
You're darn right it never goes out of style.
 
2013-08-02 12:02:40 PM
"For a lot of particularly African-American community members, the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people's skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event or to come into a party that was being held in a private home," Bronstein said"

Bullshiat. While i am aware of the historical significance of it, go up to 10 black people on the street, maybe one or two (probably the oldest) will be able to tell you about that. The other 8 will be like "Lunch?". Stop being offended on behalf of other people.

/"particularly African-American"?
 
2013-08-02 12:03:20 PM

jayhawk88: You're darn right it never goes out of style.


static.comicvine.com

/Funnier when you preview
 
2013-08-02 12:03:50 PM
Bronstein told KIRO Radio the word "citizen" should be avoided because many people who live in Seattle are residents, not citizens.


"They are legal residents of the United States and they are residents of Seattle. They pay taxes and if we use a term like citizens in common use, then it doesn't include a lot of folks," Bronstein said.



That... actually makes sense.
 
2013-08-02 12:04:03 PM
FTFA:sack lunch

As a man, it offends me that my sack is not lunched on more often.
 
2013-08-02 12:04:25 PM
OK, which one of you orange-fingered nerds hacked the DNS server?  This has to be from The Onion.
 
2013-08-02 12:04:47 PM
I am reading this thread while eating crackers. No joke.
 
2013-08-02 12:05:25 PM
This is ridiculous. What am I supposed to call my pet macaque caged on the front porch?
 
2013-08-02 12:06:04 PM

BizarreMan: Wow! I learned something new today. For decades I only knew "brown bag" as the act of bringing my own lunch in a brown paper bag instead of a lunch box or buying something there, or having it be provided for me.

Hell Urbandictionary.com and dictionary.com haven't heard of that particular reference or slang.


Crappy education, then. I learned that in school when we learned about early segregation and all that.

That said: this is stupid.
 
2013-08-02 12:06:10 PM

BizarreMan: In an interview with Seattle's KIRO Radio, Bronstein said the term "brown bag" has been used historically as a way to judge skin color.
"For a lot of particularly African-American community members, the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people's skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event or to come into a party that was being held in a private home," Bronstein said.

 Wow!  I learned something new today.  For decades I only knew "brown bag" as the act of bringing my own lunch in a brown paper bag instead of a lunch box or buying something there, or having it be provided for me.

Hell Urbandictionary.com and dictionary.com haven't heard of that particular reference or slang.


I knew of that term but these folks really need to lighten up.
 
2013-08-02 12:06:32 PM
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2013-08-02 12:06:44 PM

Car_Ramrod: Bronstein told KIRO Radio the word "citizen" should be avoided because many people who live in Seattle are residents, not citizens.


"They are legal residents of the United States and they are residents of Seattle. They pay taxes and if we use a term like citizens in common use, then it doesn't include a lot of folks," Bronstein said.


That... actually makes sense.


Sure it makes sense, but does it matter? Does anyone actually give a fark, or are taxpayer dollars being wasted by some busybody dreaming up this shiat and distributing memos about it.

Thoguh: While stupid, I think that in a lot of cases "Citizen" and "civilian" are used by officials, especially in law enforcement, to differentiate themselves and reinforce the us vs. them mentality that is increasingly pervasive amount the bureaucracy.


This too.

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2013-08-02 12:07:28 PM
farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2013-08-02 12:08:05 PM

Glendale: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 250x275]


This is weird because im in Glendale WI...
 
2013-08-02 12:08:06 PM
"Luckily, we've got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For 'citizens,' how about 'residents?'"

Elliot, resident is not a synonym for citizen. The terms exist exactly because of those differences.

/I propose that the word "the" be adapted into some sort of incredibly offensive usage, thus crippling the English language. You know, for shiggles.
 
2013-08-02 12:08:16 PM
Anyone have a credible citation for the etymology of brown bag?
 
2013-08-02 12:08:37 PM
Seattle, however, isn't the only city with an eye on potentially disruptive words.

The New York Post reported in March 2012 that the city's Department of Education avoids references to words like "dinosaurs," "birthdays," "Halloween" and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests because they could evoke "unpleasant emotions" among the students.

Dinosaurs, for example, conjures the topic of evolution, which could rile fundamentalists and birthdays are not celebrated by Jehovah's Witnesses. Halloween, meanwhile, suggests an affiliation to Paganism.


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2013-08-02 12:08:40 PM
Paula Deen got her start in the food business by making and selling sack lunches.  She called herself The Bag Lady.

Coincidence?  Hmmmmm........
 
2013-08-02 12:09:19 PM

poorjon: "Luckily, we've got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For 'citizens,' how about 'residents?'"

Elliot, resident is not a synonym for citizen. The terms exist exactly because of those differences.

/I propose that the word "the" be adapted into some sort of incredibly offensive usage, thus crippling the English language. You know, for shiggles.


This... this word i like.
 
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