I think English-speaking historians should be forced to refer to non-English-language history

1) in modern English

2) in idiomatic modern English, i.e., avoiding deliberately using words which have become loaded by association with the subject of discussion or later history
This Tweet brought to you by the neat little trick of pointing out that the Nazis had a propaganda minister and therefore saying the Soviets must have been basically Nazis because they also spoke openly about having "propaganda"
Without also mentioning that 'propaganda' is literally a Vatican coinage, short for propaganda fidei ("spreading the faith"), and that the UK openly had a propaganda ministry during WW1
Also brought to you by the neat little trick of referring to Germany post-1933 as the "Third Reich," without noting that technically the entire Weimar Republic is the Third Reich, or referring to it as the "Reich" w/o noting that all German states up to that point had been Reichs
Also brought to you by the neat little trick of insistently calling the presidential directive that gave Hitler the emergency powers the "Reichstag fire decree," so that any English-language decree called the "presidential executive order on homeland security" sounds fine
Or insistently calling the law that made Hitler dictator for life the "Enabling Act" without noting that we literally still use enabling legislation all the time and that the actual law was called approximately "Federal Emergency Management Act 1933" which sounds fine
Or insistently referring to the same positions by innocuous-sounding Britishesque Westminstery titles prior to 1933 and then by their scary-sounding full German titles after 1933 to pretend that somehow the state was reconstituted and your own state is completely immune
Or insistently referring to the Gestapo as the Gestapo, rather than the "Secret Service" (a more accurate translation of its name and function) because only the good guys have a Secret Service and only the bad guys have a Gestapo
Or referring to all SS ranks in German to avoid confronting the fact that if you translate them into English they sound like ordinary police and paramilitary ranks and if we admitted that we'd have to ask some rather uncomfortable questions about our own police

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1) Except Chris Lilley's work isn't hard-edged satire. It's literally just "haha women/black people do thing," and doing that thing in the most exaggerated and insulting possible way. Satire makes or attempts to make a useful critique; Chris Lilley's work overtly does not.
2) We are not becoming "easily offended." Rather, people who benefit from totally suppressing discussion of not only the offence they cause, but the material injury they inflict, and who were previously able to do that, can no longer completely do it.
As a result, it is no longer possible to entirely prevent discussion of people's justified annoyance and anger simply because the fact that they are annoyed and angry offends other people who think they should all just shut up and go away because they're uppity.
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* I'm not making a big deal of the headline incident because they say it was a coincidence and I can't prove it's not
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There is a solid argument this was unlawful.
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As someone who's lived in four houses that had baths,

(1) Van's bath *does* have sharp lines and design aesthetics, that's the point. Shiny, well-maintained metal fixtures; complete minimalism and featurelessness of the tub proper. That's 2020s for "incredibly rich".
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I am willing to provide all the documentation which is necessary to verify this.
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