A Tangled Helix

I considered reporting the HelixSF controversy mainly because “pantiwadulous” could have been a great entry in This Week in Words. But playing it completely for laughs would have implied that the writers involved deserved no sympathy, and that wasn’t true. Going completely PC would have ruled out having any sense of humor about the story (I’ll bet I’m the first person ever to notice that). Indeed, the logical extrapolation of the PC approach would have ruled out repeating any of the deliciously offensive quotes at all. What I forgot is that we newzine editors are always allowed to titillate our readers with verbatim quotes of statements alleged to be unacceptably rude by the standards of all civilized peoples provided our reports affect a disapproving tone.

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