The use of the word 'businessmen' is as irritating to this business reader as a hair in the mouth. American editors started to prune gender bias from their newspapers as long ago as the Seventies, but 20 years later, our newspaper editors are, to a man (sic), happily permitting phraseology which, frankly, is as inaccurate as it is dated.
Few seek the linguistic contortions demanded by the political correctness lobby, but accuracy is a proper objective. I had hoped the Independent would be different from the rest in this respect, but it is not.
YVE M. NEWBOLD
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