Daily Mail (UK) 16th March 2009
Using ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ has been banned by leaders of the European Union because they are not considered politically correct. Brussels bureaucrats have decided the words are sexist and issued new guidelines in its bid to create ‘gender-neutral’ language. The booklet warns European politicians they must avoid referring to a woman’s marital status. This also means Madame and Mademoiselle, Frau and Fraulein and Senora and Senorita are banned.
And the rules have not stopped there – they also ban MEPs saying sportsmen and statesmen, advising athletes and political leaders should be used instead.
Man-made is also taboo – it should be artificial or synthetic, firemen is disallowed and air hostesses should be called flight attendants. Headmasters and headmistresses must be heads or head teachers, laymen becomes layperson, and manageress or mayoress should be manager or mayor. Police officers must be used instead of policeman and policewoman unless the officer’s sex is relevant. The only problem words that do not fit into the guidelines are waiter and waitress, which means MEPs are at least spared one worry when ordering a coffee.