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Gingersnap
08-25-2009, 10:58 AM
Quangos blackball ... oops, sorry ... veto ‘racist’ everyday phrases

Chris Hastings
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It could be construed as a black day for the English language — but not if you work in the public sector.

Dozens of quangos and taxpayer-funded organisations have ordered a purge of common words and phrases so as not to cause offence.

Among the everyday sayings that have been quietly dropped in a bid to stamp out racism and sexism are “whiter than white”, “gentleman’s agreement”, “black mark” and “right-hand man”.

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has advised staff to replace the phrase “black day” with “miserable day”, according to documents released under freedom of information rules.

It points out that certain words carry with them a “hierarchical valuation of skin colour”. The commission even urges employees to be mindful of the term “ethnic minority” because it can imply “something smaller and less important”.

The National Gallery in London believes that the phrase “gentleman’s agreement” is potentially offensive to women and suggests that staff should replace it with “unwritten agreement” or “an agreement based on trust” instead. The term “right-hand man” is also considered taboo by the gallery, with “second in command” being deemed more suitable.

Many institutions have urged their workforce to be mindful of “gender bias” in language. The Learning and Skills Council wants staff to “perfect” their brief rather than “master” it, while the Newcastle University has singled out the phrase “master bedroom” as being problematic.

Advice issued by the South West Regional Development Agency states: “Terms such as ‘black sheep of the family’, ‘black looks’ and ‘black mark’ have no direct link to skin colour but potentially serve to reinforce a negative view of all things black. Equally, certain terms imply a negative image of ‘black’ by reinforcing the positive aspects of white.

I'm not entirely sure what a "quango" is but I am sure you could replace the term with "retard" and get to the same place. :rolleyes:

Times (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6806502.ece)

PoliCon
08-25-2009, 11:12 AM
I'm not entirely sure what a "quango" is but I am sure you could replace the term with "retard" and get to the same place. :rolleyes:

Times (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6806502.ece)

They're very popular in Britain -

QUANGO:

A quasi non-governmental organization is one created and funded by government, and, therefore, held to account for its expenditure, but given operational independence. The term was invented by Alan Pifer, President of the Carnegie Corporation, to describe such organizations which were appearing in the United States. Subsequently, political scientists, observing the closeness to government of some quangos in their operations, have preferred the term to mean quasi-governmental rather than non-governmental. In the United Kingdom the term has been applied to many forms of arms-length public provision showing a great diversity of purpose, including the BBC, the Welsh Development Agency, and the Commission for Racial Equality. Concern has recently been expressed at the tendency for power to flow from elected public bodies to unelected quangos, derisively dubbed ‘quangocracy’ by some.

Rebel Yell
08-25-2009, 11:15 AM
They're very popular in Britain -

QUANGO:

A quasi non-governmental organization is one created and funded by government, and, therefore, held to account for its expenditure, but given operational independence. The term was invented by Alan Pifer, President of the Carnegie Corporation, to describe such organizations which were appearing in the United States. Subsequently, political scientists, observing the closeness to government of some quangos in their operations, have preferred the term to mean quasi-governmental rather than non-governmental. In the United Kingdom the term has been applied to many forms of arms-length public provision showing a great diversity of purpose, including the BBC, the Welsh Development Agency, and the Commission for Racial Equality. Concern has recently been expressed at the tendency for power to flow from elected public bodies to unelected quangos, derisively dubbed ‘quangocracy’ by some.

In other words: retard.

Gingersnap
08-25-2009, 11:21 AM
In other words: retard.

I knew I was right. :D

megimoo
08-25-2009, 11:55 AM
I knew I was right. :D
Quango :In the United Kingdom the official term is "non-departmental public body" or NDPB.

The UK is following the script and turning into a gigantic Animal Farm
/1984 combine at full speed ahead .Eric Blair was a true prophet !

JB
08-25-2009, 05:58 PM
Reminds me of the story about the AA guy that thought he was being insulted when someone said all the tax money was being sucked into a Black Hole.

FlaGator
08-25-2009, 06:00 PM
Reminds me of the story about the AA guy that thought he was being insulted when someone said all the tax money was being sucked into a Black Hole.

AA guy?

JB
08-25-2009, 06:02 PM
AA guy?A-A guy?

FlaGator
08-25-2009, 06:04 PM
A-A guy?

I go to A.A. But I think I now know what you mean.

JB
08-25-2009, 06:06 PM
I go to A.A. But I think I now know what you mean.If you're thinking African-American then you are thinking correct.

Sonnabend
08-25-2009, 06:53 PM
Reminds me of a bunch of stupid British police who raided a guys home and confiscated a video called "The Black Hole, saying "it was pornography" :rolleyes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzUJJKDa558

Idiots.

SarasotaRepub
08-25-2009, 07:14 PM
:rolleyes:

What else is there to say??

stsinner
08-25-2009, 07:35 PM
Poor, poor Britain.. Once a great nation.

PoliCon
08-26-2009, 12:16 AM
I knew I was right. :D

I learned all about them years ago watching a truly enjoyable britcom - YES MINISTER - later YES PRIME MINISTER. Wonderful stuff!!!