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Scottish Police Warned Not to Say the Gays Are ‘Batting For the Other Side’

A new standards and procedures manual is making its way to British and Scottish police forces, instructing officers not use use phrases like “batting for the other side” and “lesbian tendencies” when describing queers. Also: Do not refer to them as “the gays” or “homosexuals.” If this website adopted these instructions as our style guide, our copy would be even more atrocious.

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  • yes you are being pedantic

    Not to be pedantic, but ‘British and Scottish’? Scotland is in Britain. It’s like saying ‘American and Californian’. You probably mean ‘English and Scottish’. Or just ‘British.’

  • fredo777

    self-deprecating humor. i dig it, queerty.

  • REBELComx

    @yes you are being pedantic: I’m sure both the English and the Scots would disagree with you on that point. LOL They may both be part of Great Britain or the British Isles… but Brit is usually associated with the English, and sometimes the Welsh for people who don’t know the difference. Scots will always be Scots though, as there are very separate patriotic identities. Technically, Ireland (or at least Northern Ireland) is part of Great Britain as well, but don’t you dare go calling an Irishman a Brit to his face.

  • Jeff K.

    Ireland is (historically) part of the “British Isles,” but is not part of Great Britain. The latter is composed of England, Scotland, and Wales only. That’s why the UK is called the United Kingdom of Great Britain AND Northern Ireland because the last part isn’t included in the first.

  • yes you are being pedantic

    Well, I am Scottish, so I do know what I’m talking about :) As a Scot it bugs me whenever someone calls us English, but we’re part of Britain so it just sounds weird hearing someone say “Scottish and British.”

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