It is not a question of p.c., just precise language
I don't think this is an issue of p.c. or not p.c. It is misuse of language and imprecision in language usage in order to provoke a strong emotional response.
Originally Posted by exactlymypoint
We see this all the time. Words like "rape" and "holocaust" are consistently misused for emotional effect. The same phenomenon is what is happening when immature pranks are referred to as "terroristic threats." There is emotional punch in the language, but little precision.
The danger is that it devalues the very real concern about real and serious "terroristic threats."
Similarly, misuse of the words "rape" and "holocaust" devalue their meaning and diminish in a way the real horror of the real deal.
The frequent use of the term "sexual harassment" and its application to relatively minor incidents also diminishes its meaning when applied to the real deal anti-social behaviors that constitute genuine harassment.
And exaggerated language usage also results in criminalization of relatively minor infractions or momentary lapses of judgment or control.
As I have stated here before, not every bad thing that happens is necessarily a crime.