政治正确 这个词其实早在美国建国初期就有了。 根据1993年纽约时报的报道：
To the Editor:
I agree with Brent Staples that the term "politically correct" deserves to be retired (Editorial Notebook, Dec. 5), but it has a longer history than Mr. Staples believes. In a 1793 Supreme Court opinion in Chisholm v. Georgia -- a case that provided the impetus for ratification of the 11th Amendment to the Constitution -- Justice James Wilson （本人注：詹姆斯•威尔逊，美国开国元勋之一）offered the following observation in arguing that the people, not the states, ought to be the primary objects of political attention:
"Is a toast asked? 'The United States,' instead of the 'People of the United States,' is the toast given. This is not politically correct."