You would think that since we portray history, and that to be accurate we should even talk (using the same wordage) as the people we portray, that we'd be excused from "political correctness" during our portrayal. But nope, a reenactor in Michigan(?) got in trouble because he told a black student he would have been a slave. The guy was taking a census of a class of 3rd graders, giving each student a period occupation. It caused a huge stink and the guy was told to leave. What was he supposed to have said, tell the boy he'd have been a picker of cotton in exchange for a place to live and food to eat, as long as he stayed on the farm?
I try and use correct terminology, but I just can't get the hang of calling a cold "catarrh". And the words "germs" or "bacteria" still creep into my talks about disease.
Alexander's Battalion Field Hospital
"Yer prettier than a pair of red shoes with green laces". Wounded soldier to Phoebe Yates Pember, matron of Chimborazo Hospital.