Quangos ban traditional phrases like ‘whiter than white’ and ‘gentlemen’s agreement’

Phrases such as “gentlemen’s agreement”, “black mark” and “whiter than white” have been banned by dozens of quangos over fears they may cause offence.

Documents released under freedom of information rules show that the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission advised staff to replace the phrase “black day” with “miserable day”.

Its explanation was that the term carries a “hierarchical valuation of skin colour”

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