Disclaimer: Use of certain words in this post some may consider offensive, but it is not directed at anyone. So, for a while now, political correctness has been building all over the place. Certain terminology is considered derogatory based upon how some people have been known to use it, but there seems to be a comparison that I think doesn't promote equality - in fact it could be called into question how certain things are ok one way, but not others, when it could be considered an identical thing. The use of the word "Paki" - is one example. Now I'm fairly sure there would be some here who have heard it, in some format or another. But what is it? Is it used offensively? If so, then fine, it's potentially crossing racism boundaries. But here's an angle on it that is missed by those hearing it. British people are called Brits. Australians known as Aussies. Now correct me if i'm wrong... but isn't Paki simply a shortened version of Pakistani? Which if used in conversation such as "I'm just going to the Paki Shop" would be just as bad as saying "I'm going to the Aussie pub" or "I'm going to the Brit Awards" . However, for whatever reason, it's ok to use the shortened version of British - Australian - even Scottish (Scot) - to name 3 examples - but it's not ok to use the term Paki along similar lines? To me, something like this creates a particular barrier. I have a slightly different issue when it comes to use of the word "Negro" or it's counterpart (which I know is filtered from chat). The issue that I have with it, is that it is ok for it to be utilised in certain genre's of music, mainly by people of similar descent, from what i've heard of it/done research into, but it's not ok for other groups of people to use it without being labelled as being racist, even if they are doing a karaoke of the 'explicit' version - it could still go wrong as they could catch eye contact with someone who takes offense to it. And there-in lies a complication of how people react/respond to it. To save hassles, I never use these terms. But it's a recent thought that has been prompted by a course I am studying promoting equality/diversity/anti-discrimination. What are your views?