BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 11 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:393
  1. 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 …

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