In Orwell's most excellent book "1984" he warned us of a time when the state would exert control over its population by banning words, it was called "newspeak".
The rationale is simple; if you don't have the words with which to speak or think, then you can't resist the state.
However, who needs Orwell when you have Hull Council?
They have obviously read "1984" and have decided to follow its blueprint.
Hull Council have developed their own version of "newspeak", and put together a list of "acceptable" and "unacceptable" words.
This list has been developed by the Orwellian sounding Corporate Equalities Unit and has been issued to councillors and senior managers, in an attempt to enforce political correctness within the Guildhall.
The list of banned words includes; "foreigner", "darling", "dyke", "lady", "elderly" and "spastic".
Needless to say, as with many of Nanny's "initiatives", this has caused a right old rumpus.
The Acting Head of Equalities has written to all recipients of the email, to explain and apologise for any offence or confusion.
Oh I guess that is banned as well?
Those of you who would like to have a little fun may care to drop Hull Council an email, explaining why you think that their policy is bollocks, containing as many of the banned words as possible.
Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org