Anglican Samizdat

November 27, 2009

Teenage criminals no longer called “youths” in the UK

Filed under: Political Correctness — David Jenkins @ 11:07 pm

In the UK teenage criminals must be called “young persons”, not “youths” – to avoid offending them.

It is not a word usually associated with causing offence, even when those referred to have broken the law.

But ‘youth’ has been banned from guidelines on the treatment of criminals aged 16 and 17 – because ministers think it is too demeaning.

Instead, offenders must be referred to as ‘young persons’ in the latest code for prosecutors. The newly fashionable phrase is used 101 times in the document.

I have a better idea. How about calling them:

inchoate hooligans

scelestious yahoos

pimply purveyors of turpitude

flagitious degenerates

iniquitous ingrates

delinquent desperados

benighted bastards.

There, I feel better now.



  1. Don’t be so hard on them David, why not just call them “HOODLUMS or
    On second thought;
    Why call them anything at all. Go back to “HEY YOU” It sounds “much better” and is easier on the brain

    Comment by Eva — November 28, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

  2. Thanks Eva, I particularly like “OUR FUTURE CAPTAINS of INDUSTRY & FINANCE”.

    Comment by David — November 28, 2009 @ 10:20 pm

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