This week’s UU trivia quiz asks about the only term ever banned by the Board of Trustees of the UUA (and with a fine to back it up!). No one’s gotten it yet, but there have been some very interesting guesses that might be revealing in their own way. Most deal with politically correct terminology for women, racial minorities, etc. Others are more specifically theological in nature, such as “post-Christian” (or perhaps that’s more sociological in nature). Some are just funny–the best so far is “Voldemort.” But no, the UUA Board fearlessly dares to speak of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, and hasn’t banned “gal,” “negro,” or any of the other suggestions.
All of this raises the interesting question of what terms the UUA might actually consider banning, and why people imagine that they might ban those words. So, perhaps it’s worth formulating as a series of questions. Are there words or terms that you suspect the UUA Board might potentially ban its members from using in meetings? If so, which ones, and why? Or, are there terms you yourself might like to see banned from UUA Board meetings? If there are, which terms, and why would you like to see them rejected?