Brandeis University issued a set of “no no” words and phrases which they deem as offensive. Among these are the phrases, “Long time, no see” and “No can do“. They claim that these are offensive for the following reason. “These terms as well as other expressions using “broken” English originate from stereotypes making fun of non-native English speakers, particularly applied to indigenous people and Asians.“
As an “Asian” I don’t find them offensive. In fact I don’t know anyone of any heritage that finds them offensive.
If we are banning phrases because they are missing the “articles” which some non-native speakers omit, we should start banning the communications used in text messages. How many times have we seen a message such as “Hw r u?” ? My response to Brandeis would be, “FU!“.
An expression that I find moronic is, “Woke“.
Let’s ban “Woke”. It makes absolutely no sense in today’s usage. A better word would be “Aware“. “Woke” originates from ghetto-speak, which I suppose makes it “cool” to use as everyone now days wants to be “gangsta“.
Why don’t we teach kids to use proper English rather than gutter-talk?
Oh yeah, that would be racist as only White Supremacists are capable of learning and speaking proper English.