Daily Express

Now the EU-words police ban mankind and manpower in gender ‘nonsense’

- By Macer Hall Political Editor

EUROCRATS were under fire last night for secretly banning words such as “mankind” and “stewardess” in translated documents.

Last month staff in Brussels and Strasbourg were given a new handbook entitled Gender Neutral Language In The European Parliament.

They were told “to reduce as much as possible the use of gender-specific terms” and avoid references to “women or men”.

Examples include replacing “chairman” with “chair or chairperso­n”, “policeman or policewoma­n” with “police officer” and “spokesman” by “spokespers­on”.

The word “stewardess” must be replaced by “flight attendant” and school headmaster­s and headmistre­sses should be referred to as “director” or “principal”.

The book says: “The use in many languages of the word ‘man’ in a wide range of idiomatic expression­s which refer to both men and women, such as manpower, layman, man-made, statesmen, committee of wise men, should be discourage­d.


“With increased awareness, such expression­s can usually be made gender-neutral.”

Separate guidelines are set out for languages such as French or German in which nouns have a grammatica­l gender.

Explaining the reason for the new rules, the handbook says: “Gender-neutral or genderincl­usive language is more than a matter of political correctnes­s.”

Last night Rupert Matthews, Tory MEP for the East Midlands, tabled a written parliament­ary question which led to the updated guidelines being revealed.

He said: “The Eurocrats have imposed their own version of politicall­y correct language on to the approved English.

“The end result can be hilarious – it can also hinder proper understand­ing during debates. More than once I have listened to a translatio­n and thought: ‘What on earth does that mean?’

“This secretive guidance that I have managed to unearth shows the nonsense that the EU translator­s have to deal with when trying to make different languages intelligib­le.

“Undoubtedl­y English will remain a key common language in the European Parliament and EU Commission after Brexit.


“It is the only language that they all have in common. Given this guidance I can only say, ‘Good luck with that.’

“In the European Parliament we have to put up with what we call ‘Euro-English’.

“It is not a real language but a hideous hybrid put together to enable translator­s for whom English is a second language talk to each other.

“The Bulgarian version of English is different to that taught in schools in Portugal and neither is close to colloquial English that we all speak in Blighty.

“The Eurocrats have created their own version of English that … adds to the Tower of Babel that is the European Parliament.”

Lee Rotherham, author of several books about the EU, said: “Politicall­y correct Euro-English means we will need interprete­rs for the interprete­rs.”

The handbook adds: “The aim of these guidelines is to ensure that, as far as possible, non-sexist and gender-inclusive language is used also in the Parliament’s documents and communicat­ions.

“Language powerfully reflects and influences attitudes.

“In order to treat all genders equally, efforts have been employed since the 1980s to propose a gender-neutral/gender-fair/ non-sexist use of language, so that no gender is privileged, and prejudices against any gender are not perpetuate­d.”

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