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“Chink in the Armor”? Cliche is officially verboten according to my Ho Lee Fuk School of Journalism Style book

I heard again this morning on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. Some guy thinking he was clever using the term “chink in the armor.”

People have faults. There are errors, omissions, glitches. There’s even insurance for that. But “chinks”?

That’s an epithet and you shouldn’t have a cliché to hide behind to enable you to be a naughty racist.

If you really have a suit of armor in your closet and your upset about a minor blemish that prevents you from wearing it to the annual jousting gala dinner, then take the medieval cliché and keep it in the Dark Ages.

But Ho Lee Fuk would not approve.


See my column on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.