Would you be offended if I referred to these Petite BBQ Bison Burgers as sliders? I don’t want to antagonize anyone with insensitive language. It’s not my way.
I try to be PC in most of my dealings with people. I avoid cussing when I can. I’m not really a name caller – even in jest. I see no point in upsetting or alienating another person based on our differing opinions or backgrounds. I’m not saying I don’t have (and share) strong opinions. It’s just that I try to be respectful with those opinions. So if I roll my eyes and gag when I hear your opinion, I promise it’s involuntary.
Here’s an example. When the holidays roll around I don’t mind mind saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas – especially in a situation where Merry Christmas might somehow annoy another person. Of course I’ll admit I’m opinionated enough to think that anyone who gets peeved by being wished a Merry Christmas has issues of their own. Still, I’m PC enough to go ahead and play it safe.
Same goes for food.
I won’t call sweet treats Crack. And though I know it’s just eggs on toast with anchovies, I won’t be offering you any Scotch Woodcock. Don’t get me started on Head Cheese. Fortunately I don’t live in Minnesota where a Dago is a sausage burger piled with grilled onions, peppers, tomato sauce, and melted cheese. I’d have to go my whole life without eating pork. Even the idea of a cocktail called Sex on the Beach makes me blush. I know the phrase is rarely uttered outside a bar, but you never know who’s listening, so I’ll just have a beer.
Which brings me to the word slider. Am I being insensitive to these perfectly delicious little BBQ Bison Burgers by calling them such a thing? You see originally the term slider was used as a derogatory slur against White Castle. Evidently White Castle burgers are so greasy that they slide down the gullet easily. I’ve never eaten a White Castle burger so I can’t say for sure. Maybe it’s just a statement of fact. Maybe White Castle burgers slide down easily because they’re delicious. Maybe. But I’m just PC enough to worry about it. GREG