In the same way that British public servants will stop using the phrase “War on Terror” because it makes terrorists feel part of something bigger, the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales says groups of youths involved anti-social behaviour and petty crime shouldn’t be called gangs.
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Here’s a tag cloud of my post Stay alert, ye nameless, toiling animals:
The following words are meaningless and should never be used in marketing material: world-class, solution, business-grade, leading, flexible, fully-featured, next generation, multi-tiered, dynamic, intelligent, unique, client-focussed, integrated, complete.
British ministers and civil servants have decided to stop using the phrase “War on Terror.” Apparently it gives terrorists a “shared identity”, according to Hilary Benn, Britain’s Development Secretary, and strengthens disaffected groups by making them feel part of something “bigger.” How long will it take GWB and JWH to follow suit?