|FYI — September 2003|
|By Brad Dunn|
A Word With... Janet
Q: First of all,
do you have a favorite boat at the marina?
the most challenging part of your job?
Q: You must see
a lot of unusual things—collisions, odd maintenance issues, strange
boaters, etc. What comes to mind?
Q: Do any celebrities
keep their boats there?
Q: When is your
job the most fun?
Q: What advice
would you give someone who wants to be a marina administrator?
POWER & MOTORVESSEL?
They believe that the word yacht (along with other words, such as polo) is too elitist for schoolchildren and therefore should not appear in any written texts. In her new book The Language Police, Dianne Ravitch reveals how words like these are routinely banned from the nation’s educational lexicon due to a growing (some would say out-of-control) sensitivity to sexism, ageism, and elitism.
Ravitch, a former education official under President George H. W. Bush, argues that the push to delete all biases from language in textbooks has gone too far. As an example, she points out that every word of the title of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (except for “and” and “the”) has a sensitivity problem: “Old” is ageist, “Man” is sexist, and “Sea” is useless because landlocked students might not be able to grasp the concept of a large body of water.
Maybe they should just rename it The Y-Chromosomed Hexagenarian and the Expanse of Salt Water.
According to the company, the marina and boatyard in Oxford, Maryland, will help boost sales and improve service of its line of high-end jet boats.
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This article originally appeared in the August 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.