Thursday, February 26, 2004

Language Police Department

As an addendum to my previous postings on the situation in Slovakia, note that while the BBC correctly refers to the Roma as Roma, Reuters, AP, and UPI all use the better-known but clearly derogatory appellation Gypsies.

The New York Times, in its World Briefing section yesterday, went with an abridged Reuters story that only used the word Gypsies. (Note that the Reuters dispatch above uses Gypsies in the headline, but in the body text switches over to the more accurate term, Roma.)