I just read that Asda are going to rename those balls of fat that you can put out for the blue tits because people can’t cope with the name, finding it too rude. The same with cock soup, apparently. And I’m thinking, are people more easily offended nowadays, or more dirty minded, or just losing their sense of humour?
My analysis is that there are three reactions to fat balls and similar names:
1 – not notice anything untoward
2 – amused by it (that’s me by the way!)
3 – offended
and I think that the evolution of UK society has gone through these stages; the innocence of the 1950s and 60s, the fun of the 70s and 80s, and now the political correctness of the 90s and noughties.
But then I’m thinking,in order to be offended you have to notice it, you have to have that sort of mind in the first place, in which case, can you really claim offence? Unless of course a type 2 tells a type 1 about it (e.g. kids laughing and pointing it out to their mum) and then the type 1 changes to type 3.
But I’ll be sad to see the little laughs in the supermarket gradually being stamped out by the PC brigade.