Nor does “dress of color” work

Yet another reason why you can’t trust spearchuckers spellcheckers:

Some multicultural zealot among the editing caste had programmed the computer system’s spell checker to change every use of the word “black” to the more politically-correct “African American.”

Which, naturally enough, immediately resulted in a screwup. The phrase “little black cocktail dress” in a fashion article was changed to “little African-American cocktail dress.”

So as to add some Google juice to this unfortunate turn of phrase, here’s the lovely Kerry Washington in what is not precisely a little African-American cocktail dress:

Kerry Washington in Louis Vuitton

Blazer and feathered skirt by Louis Vuitton. Scene: Essence luncheon in Beverly Hills, February 2009.

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3 comments

  1. McGehee »

    13 July 2011 · 7:14 am

    I think this story gives political correctness an African-American eye.

  2. nightfly »

    13 July 2011 · 3:57 pm

    Funny example of this happened this past season on American Idol, which routinely bleeps obscenities. Each year the contestants get to talk about their lives back home for 45 seconds or so… one contestant talked proudly of her little dogs… bleep tzus.

    Official Dog just so happens to be of this breed, so Ladybug and I caught this right away. We laughed and laughed.

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