Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!


Stan Freberg here with a few thoughts on language. The other day, I saw in Newsweek the cyberword "docu-crunch." Old stuff to people on the net. And on a morning TV show I heard a woman using, in place of the word "mankind," the word "personkind"..."Personkind"??? Be right back. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg again. Every day I see cyberwords, from the abbreviated vocabulary of the so-called "information superhighway," and overzealous feminist words trying to elbow and shoehorn their way into the English language.

"Sure, it's a little too long now, dude, but wait'll we get through 'docu-crunching' it." Is that what we used to call "editing" it?

And I was watching Good Morning, America when Joan Lunden suggested to a woman hawking a diet book that some of her ideas were not new. The woman replied, "Oh, sure, I'll admit some of these diet ideas have been around since the beginning of personkind." She said this with a straight face. Have feminists now indoctrinated women to the extent that they say things like that automatically?

I know pressure was put on NASA 'til they actually did away with the term "manned space flight." And we'd better send my friends Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong back up to the moon to speak a revisionist moon landing line: "Better make that, 'This is one small step for person, one giant leap for personkind."

"You want me to go back up to the moon?"

"That's right, Neil, we have to 'docu-crunch' your line, man...I mean, 'person.'"

Stan Freberg here.

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