Banned: Police ordered to stop calling young tearaways ‘yobs’

UK Telegraph 01 Oct 06
They are the menacing youths who hang about in gangs, causing trouble. For decades they have been known as “yobs”. It has been rare for anybody to have a good word to say about them.But now, it seems, police officers are going to have to find a more “polite” way to describe the nation’s troublemakers, because Scotland Yard has banned its officers from using the word “yob”, for fear that it might alienate young people. The edict has the backing of Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, and will gird his reputation as “the PC pc”.

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