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  • #1381
    Frank
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    Due to us “not wishing to offend anyone,” our editor has decreed that from here on out, we are to refrain from using the phrase “lily white” unless he tells us we can use it. I kid you not.

    #16311
    Frank
    Participant

    Due to us “not wishing to offend anyone,” our editor has decreed that from here on out, we are to refrain from using the phrase “lily white” unless he tells us we can use it. I kid you not.

    #16299
    Bucho
    Participant

    You mean in print? Or just in general conversation? Either way, this is an opportunity to replace that disgusting term, both in your work and around the office, with some more acceptable synonyms such as angel-white, pure, and God’s chosen. Oh the look on bossman’s face …

    - Women sense my power and they seek the life essence.

    #16300
    Bucho
    Participant

    You mean in print? Or just in general conversation? Either way, this is an opportunity to replace that disgusting term, both in your work and around the office, with some more acceptable synonyms such as angel-white, pure, and God’s chosen. Oh the look on bossman’s face …

    - Women sense my power and they seek the life essence.

    #16312
    Frank
    Participant

    Hell, I’m trying to figure out how to get it in a headline at this point.

    #16315
    Frank
    Participant

    Hell, I’m trying to figure out how to get it in a headline at this point.

    #16301
    rob
    Participant

    Lily white? What the hell does that even mean?

    #16302
    rob
    Participant

    Lily white? What the hell does that even mean?

    #16295
    Version3
    Keymaster

    Frank… find a lady named “Lilly White” and hit her with a stolen car and run. Headline, and rule broken. 😛

    #16298
    Version3
    Keymaster

    Frank… find a lady named “Lilly White” and hit her with a stolen car and run. Headline, and rule broken. 😛

    #16304
    Octavious
    Participant

    Who and What the fuck is Lily White and why is your boss being a dick like that.

    #16306
    Octavious
    Participant

    Who and What the fuck is Lily White and why is your boss being a dick like that.

    #16313
    Frank
    Participant

    Apparently, people are taking offense to it. Here’s the email my boss sent out:

    Friends,

    On Saturday’s A1, we used the term “lily-white” to describe Chester’s Dixie Youth baseball league in the 1960s. Whoever wrote the item was literally correct – a definition of lily white is “characterized by or favoring the exclusion of” black people, especially in political organizations. There’s no doubt that the Chester Dixie Youth baseball league did not admit black children until Bill Watts came along in 1969. I once had an editor who repeatedly said, “Words are words, and they mean what they mean.” In this case, the words meant what they meant to mean.

    Still, some people find the term “lily-white” offensive. Many believe it has become a racial slur. Because I believe we should not needlessly offend people, let’s refrain from using that term. If we do use it, I need to approve.

    Thanks

    #16314
    Frank
    Participant

    Apparently, people are taking offense to it. Here’s the email my boss sent out:

    Friends,

    On Saturday’s A1, we used the term “lily-white” to describe Chester’s Dixie Youth baseball league in the 1960s. Whoever wrote the item was literally correct – a definition of lily white is “characterized by or favoring the exclusion of” black people, especially in political organizations. There’s no doubt that the Chester Dixie Youth baseball league did not admit black children until Bill Watts came along in 1969. I once had an editor who repeatedly said, “Words are words, and they mean what they mean.” In this case, the words meant what they meant to mean.

    Still, some people find the term “lily-white” offensive. Many believe it has become a racial slur. Because I believe we should not needlessly offend people, let’s refrain from using that term. If we do use it, I need to approve.

    Thanks

    #16303
    Octavious
    Participant

    You should came the next day dress like the 1920’s entertainers/Ted Danson and reply: yes’um Master, my I get yo’ newspap’a so’s you can’s read it.

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