Jimmy Wales wrote:
easy, of course, like the Wikipedia entry claiming that the
word blackboard ‘‘is now perceived by some as being ’politically
incorrect’ in the United Kingdom.’’ ‘‘Citation needed,’’ a parenthesis
cautioned. Indeed: a Nexis search of UK publications found some 30
blackboards in a week, against just three chalkboards.
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Political correctness is a real or perceived
attempt to refine or
restrict language and terms used in public discussion to those deemed
acceptable or appropriate. For example "blackboard" is now perceived
>some as being "politically incorrect" in the United Kingdom,
[citation >needed] and so teachers are instructed to call it a
From last six months:
Evening Chronicle (Newcastle-upon-Tyne); Aug 16, 2006; Sophy Doughty; p. 3
Standing up to the PC brigade
Western Daily Press 24 August 2006
My news archive is limited to post 1992 but I can get back to:
Political Correctness goes beyond a joke
The Sunday Times (London); May 16, 1993; Peter McKay;
I can cite the portion where the cite is needed, but I can't cite the
follow on text, that chalk board is now preferred. Considering most
schools moved to white boards by now, it's a bit redundant, but...
Spoke too soon:
PC or not PC ... that was 1993's burning question;Review of the Year 1993
The Sunday Times (London); Dec 26, 1993; Maurice Chittenden;
Contains the line:"Blackboards have been replaced with chalkboards in
some schools." I would think that supports the claim, although perhaps
it may be wise to contextualise it to the early 1990s.
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