Sunday 11 December 2016

Insensitive use of language

Published 05/02/2011 | 05:00

A HEADLINE in Thursday's edition of the Irish Independent (February 3) hit me like a blunt instrument: 'Nazi deportation over Jew killing'.

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The phrase "Jew killing" is a clumsy and insensitive use of language reminiscent of street taunts of "Jew" and "Jewboy" by anti-Semitic racists prior to the Second World War.

A far more literate (and, indeed, humane) reference would be 'Jewish killing' or 'killing of a Jew'.

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