Dozens of public organizations in the U.K. have imposed bans on common words and phrases used by their workers and in their correspondence in an effort to be more politically correct.
Rather than write a scathing opinion piece on how appallingly stupid we think it is to ban such phrases, and how overly sensitive governments and people have become, we’ll just list a few of those banned phrases with the reasoning behind why they were banned and let you decide for yourselves.
Whiter than white – A phrase used to describe someone who would never do something bad, has been banned because it is believed to be racial and infer that black is bad or criminal.
Black Day – Used to describe a time of disappointment or shame in a situation, has been dropped from publically funded agency language because it is believed to have racial undertones.
Ethnic Minority – Because in that context the word minority implies that ethnicity may be looked upon as small, unimportand or insignificant.
Gentleman’s Agreement – Because it can be construed as sexist and exclusive of women.
Black sheep of the family – Since it implies an outcast or an unappreciated person, and uses the word black in a negative way.
And here’s my all time favourite…
Master Bedroom – Because it implies subservience of women and dominance of males in relationships!
You be the judge, dear readers.
The article with more information is at the Times Online site here.
The word “Cracker,” or the term “Typical Male,” do not seem to be on the list, despite their obvious stereotypical meanings.