A little step on from my post of a few months ago, there is one word which, it seems, nobody can use. To use it, even in a perfectly sensible context like a news report is to open yourself to accusations of racism and worse. No matter what else is said, or in what context it is said, the fact that it was said is all that anyone notices.
Which means that those (unlike myself, to be honest) who are willing to use said word are at a huge advantage, in that they can shock the vast majority of people into silence with one simple word. They can derail any debate on the topic, they can make it about something else.
So, in trying to avoid a not nice word and all it represents, we’ve gone and made it more powerful than ever.
Clearly not an unqualified success, in my humble opinion.
And let that be an end to (indirect) mentionings of Big bloody Brother.