I hear from the IT powers that be (i.e.: probably any corporate IT dept) that I should no longer say “vanilla” when referring to a system that’s restored to it’s original state. I should instead use “pristine”, since vanilla is not politically correct.
Now I’m not a huge believer in political correctness, but I certainly practice sensitivity to genuine issues of this nature. But this seems like a particularly inane example. I’ve been using the term vanilla since the 70’s. I figure it refers to the fact that vanilla is the original, most plain type of ice cream. I don’t see that it involves colour at all; I’ve never thought of it that way.
So I shall continue to say vanilla. Will I be pissing anyone (other than P.C. plebs) off?