Business Spotlight

WORD WATCHER

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BAME

In the UK, the acronym “BAME” refers to people of black, Asian and minority ethnic background­s. (The term “BME” is also used; it stands for “black, minority ethnic”.) Although BAME was originally intended to show awareness of Britain’s multiracia­l heritage, not everyone agrees that it should be used, as in: “Conservati­ve MP Priti Patel, herself of Indian heritage, told the BBC that she does not like the term BAME.”

own it

In standard English, if you “own” something, it belongs to you. Increasing­ly, however, the verb is being used as an expression of pride, as in: “You worked hard to get that job, so now you should own it!”

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