The Muddling of the English Language

Over a week ago, Alan Cumming raised a question in an article for The Times: “How much does it cost you to make the effort to refer to someone the way they want to be referred to?” In an attempt to make an association between the use of the epicene pronoun ‘they’ and racial terms that are construed as offensive in the United Kingdom, Cumming continued: “Would you think it okay to be annoyed with someone who wanted to be referred to as Black and not coloured or Negro?” On closer inspection, Cumming’s attempt to associate the two fails on several counts.

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