The Official Politically Correct Dictionary and Handbook

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The Official Politically Correct Dictionary and Handbook is a book written by Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf. It was published in 1992 by Villard Books in New York, by Grafton in London, and, by Random House of Canada Limited in Toronto. An updated edition was published in 1994.

It was a bestseller[1][2] that was called "tongue in cheek",[3] "outrageously funny",[4] "hilariously rewarding for people who have not read any non-humorous works on its subject and who enjoy satire",[5] and has been called "thoroughly sourced".[6]


  1. ^ Jonathan Freedland. "Rotherham inquiry: the 'PC gone mad' defence is itself a form of racism". The Guardian. 29 August 2014.
  2. ^ Ron Becker. Gay TV and Straight America. Rutgers University Press. 2006. Page 117.
  3. ^ Michiko Kakutani. "The Word Police". The New York Times. 31 January 1993.
  4. ^ Library Journal. 1 May 1992. Book Verdict.
  5. ^ Clarence Petersen. Chicago Tribune. 4 October 1992. Digitised copy.
  6. ^ Geoffrey Hughes. Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture. Wiley. 2011. Pages 56 and 57.

Further reading[edit]

  • The Official Politically Correct Dictionary and Handbook. Villard Books. 1992. ISBN 9780679741138.
  • "peak guide" The New Review of the Low Pay Unit, Issues 1-20, p 19 [1]
  • Peter Newmark. "PC" (November 1993) reprinted in More Paragraphs on Translation. Topics in Translation Series. Multilingual Matters. 1998. ISBN 9781853594021. Page 52.
  • Tom Aitken. "Past a Joke". The Tablet. 27 March 1993. p 18.
  • "Look it up in your tree carcass". Baltimore Sun. 9 November 1993.
  • Lauren Lipton. "A Cerebrally Deprived Notion". LA Times. 8 May 1992.