WAY WITH WORDSBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6976.393 (Published 11 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:393
- Alex Paton
Problems with pronouns
In 1875 Robert Browning wrote: “We've still our stage where truth calls spade a spade.” Not any more: 120 years on political correctness paradoxically dissembles truth. Good old Anglo-Saxon words are replaced by woolly circumlocutions: the old are chronologically challenged, the dead are (sic) non-living persons, and the fat differentially sized. And its effect on sex has been to turn the writer of English into a contortionist in order to avoid being charged with sexism.
The constant awareness of …