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- n. Plural form of correctness.
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Nobody had heard about psycholigical correctness, political correctness or any of the other correctnesses.
FDR ran on balanced budgets and austerity, the political correctnesses of his time.
It is the underpinning for the correctnesses and orthodoxies of the day -- political, environmental, whatever.
And still, as language was made for man, he will be no authority for correctnesses which, limiting freedom of utterance, were yet but accidents in their origin; as if one vowed not to say "its," which ought to have been in Shakespeare; "his" "hers," for inanimate objects, being but a barbarous and really inexpressive survival.