This was from a Snopes item from 2007. I wonder how many companies have complied with this since then? Also, how many people in industry filed medical claims for hernias from laughing so hard at this?

The County of Los Angeles has requested that equipment vendors avoid using the industry term “Master/Slave” in product descriptions and labeling.

Social changes of our era have been accompanied by linguistic changes: as discrimination based upon race, gender, or physical condition has become less socially acceptable, we began to frown upon the use of pejorative terms associated with race, moved towards more gender-neutral usages of language (e.g., ‘chairperson’ instead of ‘chairman’), and replaced terms for describing the disabled with less stigmatizing ones (e.g., ‘mentally handicapped’ rather than ‘retarded’). Along with these linguistic changes have come tales of the “political correctness run amok” variety – cases where certain usages were deemed unacceptable merely because they bore a resemblance to terms now considered inappropriate, even though the usages had little or nothing in common with the now-inappropriate terms in a linguistic sense.
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One such recent example included the manufacturer’s labeling of equipment where the words “Master/Slave” appeared to identify the primary and secondary sources. Based on the cultural diversity and sensitivity of Los Angeles County, this is not an acceptable identification label.

Found by Brother Uncle Don



  1. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Its great having DU censor the news so only what’s fit to print, is discussed. Not like these lemons:

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    • Uncle Dave says:

      Alfred, you’re letting your trolling nature run amok, even more so than usual which is saying a lot. You know full well we aren’t a news site like CNN or whatever. We post what interests us for whatever reason. Period. Get over yourself and go play in one of their sandboxes.

    • McCullough says:

      Yes Alfie, we censor the news, so you don’t have to.

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      Boring old white guys, you are.

  2. wow says:

    To be fair, SATA drives handle the master/slave relationship automatically, don’t they? I can’t remember the last time I had to manually set my jumpers.

    :D

  3. trailrunner says:

    So, I guess it should be “Mistress/Slave” to appease the women’s rights activists? ;-)

  4. JimD says:

    I guess Managers can’t “crack the Whip” anymore either !!!