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Two Fat Ladies can keep playing bingo

December 16th, 2009

Claims that the EU is trying to ban bingo callers from using phrases like “two fat ladies” due to political correctness are as ridiculous as they sound. Language is a living, breathing thing that shouldn’t be regulated and the EU has a good track record in promoting diversity in languages – Scots Gaelic and Welsh speakers, in common with other regional languages, can now interact with European institutions in those languages. There are style guides in different bits of the EU – European Parliament, Commission’s translation services – but these are purely for internal use and would never be imposed on anyone, least of all bingo callers.

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