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'. 


  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.

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