According to Joe
Let’s call a spade a spade
I don't believe in live and let live
And always avoiding the pejorative.
Words don't mean what they use to mean.
Changes were made to raise self-esteem.
The revisionists with all their smarts
Went and tinkered with the language arts.
So when I buy the Chevy that you owned
It's not a used car, but previously owned.
Don't call her a ho, she's just a sex worker
And her pimp is merely a pleasure broker.
But what would get me truly unhinged
Is calling a crook "ethically challenged."
Daily headlines inspire the poet in Joe Gedan, a retired U.S. magistrate judge who lives in Honolulu. His observations on the news appear on Sundays and Fridays.