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Engaging with the jargon profile

[28 Jan 2011]  The actor Nicole Kidman, commenting on the arrival of her new baby, Faith Margaret, carried by a surrogate mother, opined: ‘No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.’

Good job Nicole hadn’t encountered an un-PC PC. A senior police officer claims to have been told not to use the phrase ‘sure as eggs is eggs’, in case it offends women with fertility problems. Writing on his Inspector Gadget blog, the anonymous cop said the term had been banned on ‘diversity’ grounds.

In yet more loopy nonsense, Christine Blower (general secretary of the National Union of Teachers) urged parents unaware of the full extent of their children’s geography syllabus to ‘engage with the school profile’.

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