The art of language: What to call the influenza?

Reuters is reporting that U.S. pork producers are balking at the negative implications associated with the name of the virulent influenza strain that is causing national and worldwide havoc. They do not want the disease called swine flu.

Who can blame them?

At a news briefing, Homeland INsecurity Secretary Janet Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack took pains to repeatedly refer to the flu as the “H1N1 virus.”

“This is not a food-borne illness…virus. It is not correct to refer to it as swine flu because really that’s not what this is about,” Vilsack said.

Israel has already rejected the name swine flu, and opted to call it “Mexico flu.” The nation’s dietary laws forbid eating pork.

Seeing Red AZ opted for the more correct moniker of “Mexican flu” a couple of days ago, since that is the country of origin.

In 1594, William Shakespeare said it well when he opined, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

In the meantime what will it take to get our porous southern border to be called “closed?”

9 Responses to The art of language: What to call the influenza?

  1. Alice says:

    Can’t close the border….bad for that CanMex highway planning discussed on Horizon tonite. Even J-No said it wouldn’t be good for business. Not like her to be so frank; must have been a slip up.

  2. Kate says:

    Loved Joe Biden’s gaff this morning. Right when J-No is telling our Border Patrol they don’t need masks, he’s recommending them or to avoid mass transit altogether.
    Hey, Alice, masks are bad for cross border business, don’t you know?

  3. O.C. Transplant says:

    Makes sense to me. Didn’t we have the Asian flu a while back because that is where it originated? I don’t remember the Asians having a fit. Better to spend our energy on solving problems rather than spinning our wheels over what to name them.

  4. Keen Observer says:

    Mexican flu makes much better sense, since “Swine flu” confuses people and some poor, innocent pigs are being slaughtered because of it.

  5. SherriAZ says:

    It’s definitely Mexico flu in the same way that the Hong Kong flu was based on origin. However, expect La Raza and other illegal supporters to get up in arms about anyone calling it that. Meanwhile, illegals keep coming into our area, spreading it even more. Hopefully people will have the sense to stay home from any Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

  6. Ricky Lujan says:

    Who’s been inviting them here and tells you to shut up about it? The Shadegg Flu works for me.

    I heard he’s having a breakfast benefit for himself. We’ll be the ones in front handing out toast.

  7. RA says:

    I vote for “Nappy Border Flu” or JNO-1.

  8. Thomas says:

    How about the dangerous and self serving LeVecke/Magruder strain of the McKylegg virus?

    These are the supporters of a continued flow of low wage illegal labors at the expense of American workers.

  9. […] The influenza strain, which originated in Mexico, has been recently re-christened with the politically correct name H1N1 after the moniker “swine flu” caused an uproar from pig farmers. […]