Wait, Should I Change The Name Of “The Niggardly Principles” To “The Pachycephalosaurus Principles”?

Pachycephalosaurus

Are P.C. crazies attacking “Jurassic World” for using for the supposedly racist term “packies” in the film? Don’t these fools realize that their argument is even dumber than that of the illiterate clods who briefly got a D.C. government worker disciplined for using the word “niggardly” in a meeting?

Well, no, despite what you may have heard, nobody in the U.S. is that far gone. That hasn’t stopped conservative anti-P,C. warriors from falsely claiming otherwise, though.

“Packie” is a nickname used in the fictional dinosaur park for the Pachycephalosaurus, a dome-skulled creature that was also featured in “The Lost World,” the second “Jurassic Park” sequel. Exactly what else would you call them? Even by the standard of dinosaur names, this is a tough one, and a short, easily pronounceable monicker is both necessary and potentially life-saving. By the time someone has spit out, “Look out! There’s a charging Pachycephalosaurus coming right for you!,” you are mashed, believe me. What’s the alternative, “Phaloses”?  That has its own problems “Pachies” is the obvious and reasonable choice.

Yet because an escape of  these prehistoric things from their enclosures in the theme park causes  one character to shout, “The Packies are out of containment!,” Twitter users, commentators, political correctness fascists and insane people are seriously accusing the film of being “racist” in Great Britain, where “packie” is a racial slur for something or other: I really don’t care. It has nothing to do with the Pachycephalosaurus, dinosaurs, or “Jurassic World.”  Thus the Independent, echoing many Brits on social media, called the line “very racist.” That’s moronic, of course.

It’s arguably more moronic than the “niggardly” misunderstanding in the U.S. At least the D.C. public school system grads didn’t know what the word “niggardly” was supposed to mean, making their mistaken conclusion explainable, if no less embarrassing. But the Brits now calling for boycotts of the film (Oh, go ahead, rob yourself of the fun of watching a terrifically conceived and executed movie that deserves every bit of its box office success in order to withhold a few puny receipts from a film destined to be one of the most profitable of all time, because of a throw-away line, uttered by an extra, with no racial content at all. That makes sense. That will show them. That will end man’s inhumanity to man.) do know what the word “packie” means in context, and are making the brain-dead claim that it is racist anyway.

This is, however, a Great Britain story, and a nice one, as it makes me feel a little better about the political correctness absurdities in this country. But some conservatives are looking for dirt on U.S. progressives in the media, who are the primary purveyors of domestic P.C. lunacy. The Social Memo, therefore, claimed that The Huffington Post called it “accidental racism”  and that Yahoo News called it “unintentional, but very racist.” Glenn Reynolds’ Instapundit, one of the most popular and credible conservative blogs, repeated the charge (under the auspices of Reynolds’ stand-in, Ed Driscoll, and so have others.

It’s not true. Check the links, which are from Instapundit. Neither Yahoo nor HuffPo reported the story as anything but an oddity, and neither claims that the film’s use of “packie” is racist.

There are enough genuine incidents of P.C. insanity to expose in our culture—even regarding “Jurassic World”—without having to manufacture them.

29 thoughts on “Wait, Should I Change The Name Of “The Niggardly Principles” To “The Pachycephalosaurus Principles”?

  1. “Paki” is racist slang for subcontinentals (anyone from the Indian subcontinent) in the UK. It never caught on here. I think we know the difference between that and a dinosaur with a thick skull. That said, in the UK they also edited out a few seconds of “Cable Guy” to remove a double earclap, which is considered too easily imitated and damaging.

    • Also that Tango advert, which I think is a more well known example over here. (I don’t know if you had those adverts, which had the slogan “You know when you’ve been Tango’d”, or even the product, a fizzy drink – Basically someone drank some and a big dude painted orange appeared and did something surprising. Was originally a double earclap, then replaced with a kiss).

    • I think you drew a line there that is important…. “Paki” is derogatory towards Pakistanis (and by extension anyone from the same general area.), like “Nigger” is to Black people… Without the undertones of slavery and oppression that make the latter significantly worse. The difference between the US and the UK is demographics…. There are a lot more southeastern Asians in the UK as a percentage of the population than there is in the US.

      That said…. The Principle… regardless of what we call it now (My votes for Pachycephalosaurus) … applies. Their ignorance doesn’t actually make this racist.

      • I still can’t believe any Brit is going to boycott an American film for an appropriate line that happens to evoke British slang that American actors, writers and audiences have no reason or duty to know. Is every word that resembles an offensive word in another language taboo? How many of those to you think there are?

        Remember that Coca Cola in some Chinese dialects means “bite the wax tadpole”…

        • I have the benefit of having family in England I keep in touch with and some of the language differences even between England and Canada are profound…. I once made the mistake of telling my cousin that his daughter was full of spunk. I thought I was saying she was active as she was attempting to jump bareback on my horse…. He thought I was saying she was pregnant out of wedlock. Oops.

          • I’m a bit of an Anglophile and I have friends in the UK. I also think UK people are just by nature more entertaining than Americans and UK slang is just by nature funny, but that’s just me. I think it’s hilarious if someone says “It’s brass monkey weather out there” if it’s cold.

          • Um, hmm…. I really don’t want to be the one to say it, but your friend was avoiding being vulgar. In the UK, that’s not exactly what that means.

  2. While I love the three stooges, and never double ear clapped any of my friends growing up, I must admit that I’m still a little uncomfortable with using the word ‘niggardly’. I’ve understood and been able to use it in context since high school. Yet I might find occasion to use it every 20 years or so. Regardless of fools misunderstanding it’s actual meaning and confusing it and you with something more sinister, and obviously unintentional, I wish you’d consider using it less. Words are powerful, and you simply can’t fight the idiots (I doubt you have time or desire anyway) who might continue to misconstrue its use. It’s a case where you might get more through less use. PC aside, it might be worth considering…

    • Heck, I almost never use it at all, except in this context. You have properly invoked the Second Niggardly Principle, in fact:

      “When an individual or group can accomplish its legitimate objectives without engaging in speech or conduct that will offend individuals whose basis for the supposed offense is emotional, mistaken or ignorant, but is not malicious and is based on well-established impulses of human nature, it is unethical to intentionally engage in such speech or conduct.”

  3. There are far too many P.C. crazies who because a word may be considered offensive in one time or place deem that that word should be considered offensive in all times and in all places. Just because Paki is offensive in the UK does not make packie in the US offensive, any more than because KKK means Ku Klux Klan in the US and is therefore offensive it should therefore mean KKK should be offensive in the UK.

  4. I am a shameless self-promoter, right? (I almost misspelled “shameless” as “shamless,” which would have been both serendipitously and ironically accurate, for an ETHICAL self-promoter.) So, once AGAIN, I introduce the term “pathological pettiness,” to characterize the obsessive-compulsive tendency to take offense at the slightest, imagined intent of communication, with an air of righteousness that demands (1) eternal condemnation of the offender and (2) universal entitlement to apology from the offender, followed by the offender’s eternal, entitled shame and silence.

    But of course: It is so, so, very politically incorrect of me to call something what it is. Therefore, for me to condense such doubleplusungood hatethink into a term of generic-ness (hasty and cruel over-generalization), such as “pathpet,” would reflect most exemplary thoughtcrime.

    All this dystopian Newspeak calls for global opening of Paddock 9.

    • I’ve like your point about shame, which is to my mind, a great deal of what motivates a lot of this nonsense. A shamed populace is a controllable one. One afraid of potentially being shamed is even more controllable.

      • I think Rachel Dolezal is motivated by much imagined guilt and shame. Motivated by that, and by seemingly high competence at finding lawyers’ and media outlets’ support, on every issue she has with things external to herself.

  5. Should not conservative, anti-P.C. warriors be more concerned about the real-life dinosaur problem, luckyesteeyoreman’s t. regina?

  6. Here in North Carolina we have a popular form of dancing called shag dancing — which word I understand has quite a different connotation in the UK. Must we change our name?

  7. Cultural differences – before looking at this Ad, you need to know that if what was being passed around was roast goat, then that would be playing on cultural stereotypes. Chicken, not so much.

    West Indian /= African American.
    Cricket /= Baseball

    Australians had no idea that fried chicken to African Americans was like roast goat to West Indians.

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