Oh dear, Nanny's thought police have donned their jackboots again.
It seems that publishers and universities are banning tons (or is it tonnes?) of innocuous words in case they cause offence.
The banned list, drawn up by the British Sociological Association(no I have never heard of them either!), includes "Old Masters" (used to describe painters of quality).
Nanny deems that the term discriminates against women, and should be replaced by "classic artists". Small point, the old masters were in fact men.
Maybe we could have "old mistresses"?
Other banned words include:
- developing nations
- special needs.
Prof Frank Furedi, a sociologist at the University of Kent, thinks that it is bollocks and notes:
"I was genuinely taken aback when I discovered that the term 'Chinese Whisper' was offensive because of its apparently racist connotations.
I was moved to despair when I found out that one of my favourite words, 'civilised', ought not be used by a culturally sensitive author because of its alleged racist implications."
He notes, and I agree with him, that censorship is about the "policing of moral behaviour" by an army of campaign groups, teachers and media organisations who are on a "crusade" to ban certain words and promote their own politically correct alternatives.
Why are organisations such as the BSA allowed to interfere with our lives, what gives them the right to believe that they have moral authority over the rest of us?
Here's a word they haven't yet banned:
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