From: Roozbeh Pournader (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun May 25 2003 - 07:38:48 EDT
On Sun, 25 May 2003, Karl Pentzlin wrote:
> "not preferred" or "not standard conformant" accepted, but "politically
> incorrect"? I thought the latter requires any offensiveness (like "Eskimo"
> vs. "Inuit") or discrimination (like "español" vs. "castellano" in
> Spain). Is the English word "Farsi" really "bad" rather than "wrong"?
Yes, the Iranian Academy for Persian Language and Literature considers it
*bad*, and *requires* the government the use the word "Persian".
Also some people from the Iranian-American community consider it *bad*.
They consider it part of a conspiracy to disconnect the heritage from
modern Iranians/Persian-speakers. They have compaigned a lot to make
people like those behing Voice of America to switch to "Persian" from
So, yes, it is politically incorrect. It is also non-standard and not
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