Don’t use the ‘V’ word!

We’re informed that the woke brigade at Cheshire East are getting all worked up over the use of the ‘V’ word in nursing and care homes.

The fact that the V word is used daily by everyone, including government and the NHS, is considered irrelevant by those on a mission to come up with ever more farcical thoughts on what’s acceptable and what’s not.

The dictionary confirms the V word is an adjective meaning: ‘capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt, as by a weapon

Then again these people are changing our language so quickly who knows if the word will even appear in a dictionary next month.

And the V word? 

Vulnerable – which has now been banned for use in care and nursing homes – as someone has deemed the word to be ‘labelling’ – which as an adjective I suppose it should be.

The health service is full of acronyms – Protection of Vulnerable Adults used to carry the acronym POVA, then someone decided SOVA Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults was more acceptable.

Now vulnerable can’t be used by over-worked and stressed-out nursing staff who are already at breaking point.

‘At risk’ is now deemed acceptable – so it looks like nursing staff willl have to get used to using SOARA.

I’ll continue to use the words vulnerable, blackboard, history, brainstorm and any other words which these self-appointed arbiters of the English language deem unacceptable.

One question though – who gives these people the authority to change our language on a whim – and more importantly why the hell do we all comply?

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