Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Mind your language


A very minor point but whilst perusing Newssniffer today to find a different report, I spotted a BBC News website article about a former SS guard going on trial in Germany for Holocaust-related crimes and spotted that the BBC's ever-vigilant language police were on high alert. Version 2 talked of "the wheelchair-bound defendant", whereas in Version 3 that was changed to "the wheelchair user". I'm guessing 'wheelchair-bound' is now considered 'inappropriate'. 

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  1. 'Wheelchair user' has been in vogue for quite a few years now. Someone lounging at the back isn't quite up to speed with current preferred terminology.

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    1. I'm surprised wheelchair hasn't been changed...seriously, its got pretty negative connotations. How about Mobility Enhancer?

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