[rfk-dev] folding in NKIs from the inform edition

Jeremy Penner jeremy at sporktania.com
Thu Nov 1 07:30:27 PDT 2012

In general, you should not take advice about what is offensive to people 
from anyone who uses the phrase "politically correct."

"Tranny" referring to transgendered people is indeed taken as a 
significantly offensive slur.  In the context of your friend's joke, 
it's fine; he's obviously referring to a transmission.  As an NKI, that 
context is missing.  It should go.


On 2012-10-31 8:27 PM, David Griffith wrote:
> When I made my Inform6 edition of robotfindskitten, I roughly doubled the
> count of NKIs as were inherited from the standard NKI list.  Would there
> be any objection to folding those into the mix?  One potential problem
> pointed out to me is this one:
>     "Clang, clang, clang goes the tranny!"
> This is a fractured lyric from "The Trolley Song" from the film "Meet Me
> in St Louis".  I was driving somewhere with a friend of mine when my foot
> slipped off the clutch and the transmission made a clanging sound.  A
> friend who was with me at the time sang this fractured lyric to joke about
> my mistake.
> The concern pointed out to me is that this usage of the word "tranny"
> might be offensive to transexuals.  This same friend of mine is fairly
> well-learned in the GLBT lore, so I asked him.  He replied with a confused
> "Well, it depends on how politically correct you want to be.".  So, here's
> the question: should it stay or go?

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