Politically Correct language has been slowly, but regularly entering into the French lexicon.
In many cases it is a positive movement which can banish the cruel labels that not only could hurt an individual and that person’s family, but also perhaps scar them for life.
Often the PC coda spans the sublime and the ridiculous. For that reason, I just deleted a paragraph with examples of both, judging that we might not agree which is which and since we’re not sitting face to face over a glass of Champagne so that we could qualify our opinions, let’s pretend that we are more or less in accord.
The reason I was thinking about the subject today is because there is one instance in French that, at least by American standards, is totally un-PC.
That is, calling women les filles (girls). I know women who become bonkers, thinking that being called a girl is disrespectful and condescending. Granted, it could be in certain contexts. But I’m talking about its use in warm familiarity as a synonym for “girlfriend” if you will.
Thus my reference to les filles à la piscine.
I assure you, none of us could be legitimately referred to as girls — not even the youngest among the aqua gym group.