Sunday 6 September 2020

'Walking on a thesaurus of eggshells'


Watching and listening to news reports about events overnight in Birmingham, I think Alastair Stewart OBE has it right:

The reporting, this morning, of these hideous events demonstrated my concerns about 'walking on a thesaurus of eggshells'. Sensitive reporters ended up linguistically dancing around the facts of who did what to whom, and why. They are choosing their words so slowly and so carefully that what appear to be central facts are left a tad opaque. Generalities and euphemisms serve no one.


P.S. Here's a little exchange on a related matter:

Paul Embery: So there is a major manhunt happening in Birmingham, but police have said they are not releasing a description. I appreciate there may be a good reason for this, but I can’t think what it might be.

Lee Hurst: Be fair, they’ve narrowed it down to ‘man’ as in manhunt. That’s all we need to assist them in their investigation. I’ve called twice already having seen men in Birmingham on at least two occasions. Hoping it helps.

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