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‘Black market’ is racist phrase and should not be used, say bank leaders

We have a well established vocabulary here. Black market – illegal. Grey market – legal but not tax paying. Or possibly legal but not wholly so – so things like parallel imports without IP protection and so on. White market – fully law and tax abiding.

Just bugger off and go touch yourself up over your virtue signalling somewhere else.

33 thoughts on “Toss off”

  1. No human being is black, some are dark brown. The word “black” was used as meaning “evil” in English long before the English knew any dark brown people. [Ignore any idiots who talk about North Africans from Tunisia (the Roman province of “Africa”) as if they were dark brown sub-Saharans and choose not to recognise that Romano-Celts did not speak English]

  2. David Postings, the chief executive of UK Finance, said the body takes linguistic issues in society “extremely seriously”.

    Why is everyone who runs things in this country a useless flap of limp scrotal tissue?

    And why isn’t he a CBE and Member of the House of Lords yet?

    The phrase “man-in-the-middle” which indicates a cyber attack, was also thought to be gender biased, to be replaced with “network interception”.
    A cyberattack check to see how secure a network is formerly known as “penetration testing” should now be called “ethical hacking” or “blue testing”.

    I prefer the term “cyber rape”.

    It comes after a charity advised medics to refer to a vagina as a “bonus hole” to avoid upsetting transgender men

    Imagine how upset they’d be if they spoke to me.

  3. The phrase “man-in-the-middle” which indicates a cyber attack, was also thought to be gender biased, to be replaced with “network interception”.

    I seem to recall an expression “Lucky Pierre”

  4. Steve

    The first post was another classic

    These two lines genuinely caused tears (of laughter obviously):

    And why isn’t he a CBE and Member of the House of Lords yet?

    Imagine how upset they’d be if they spoke to me.

    I imagine your wife might exercise some restraint on you in the latter instance, though…

    Hope all good and have to ‘KBO’ (unless the head of ‘UK Finance’ thinks that phrase is also ‘transphobic’ of course..)

    Spot on in your assessment – I work in Finance and the idea this guy speaks for my industry shows how effective entryism has been throughout the ‘great and good’

  5. Steve,

    “Why is everyone who runs things in this country a useless flap of limp scrotal tissue?”

    UK Finance are a lobby group and as such, they are going to go along with the establishment message. Even if it’s wildly, stupidly excessive, they’re going to go along with it. All so they look like the good guys for the cretin section of the electorate and the cretins they vote for.

  6. “A cyberattack check to see how secure a network is formerly known as “penetration testing” should now be called “ethical hacking” or “blue testing”.”

    Oh, for the love of…

    (And what’s this “formerly”? Nobody’s agreed to change it yet. That’s a classic tactic of the 21st Century prodnose: act as if you’ve already won the argument before it’s even been had.)

  7. VP – Thank you, my wife does frequently remind me to stop telling our lesbian neice that she could get a man if she lost weight.

    WB – Yarp, I think the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is unrealistic, because the British public would have killed that boy in a spastic Covid mask rage or something.

  8. to refer to a vagina as a “bonus hole”

    And here’s me thinking that the bonus hole was the one next door…

  9. ‘And here’s me thinking that the bonus hole was the one next door…’

    Oh shit!!!

    And to prove we Aussies are as shit-headed as you Poms, you’ll be entertained to know that the fuckwits wish to give places such as Brisbane proper abo names instead.

    By the way, I’ve noticed there seems to be a push to call Turkey Türkiye. Can you explain why they don’t call Germany Deutschland?

  10. “a push to call Turkey Türkiye”: I’ve seen it claimed – whether seriously or not I don’t know – that there are Turks who object to sharing “Turkey” with the American avian comestible.

  11. Thank you dearieme.

    Perhaps the people of Zhonghua will push to have the ignorant English speakers give their country its proper name too??

  12. @john77
    If I recall correctly, the English word black is derived from a similar root to the English word white. Colourless

  13. BiS

    I thought it was to do with burning. The Old English is blaec and it isn’t indo european in origin.

  14. I sneeze in threes

    Can’t say blackmail, crime news reporters can’t say black male and in Brazilian Portuguese they call a Turkey a Peru (so pay attention when booking a flight.

  15. “blaec and it isn’t indo european in origin” Golly. Where’s it come from then?

    The Basque is “beltza” which isn’t all that close.

    Punic? Maybe not, the Maltese is “iswed”.

    Google Translate doesn’t do Etruscan.

  16. @Otto: Wokeypedia claims

    ‘The word black comes from Old English blæc (“black, dark”, also, “ink”), from Proto-Germanic *blakkaz (“burned”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhleg- (“to burn, gleam, shine, flash”), from base *bhel- (“to shine”), related to Old Saxon blak (“ink”), Old High German blach (“black”), Old Norse blakkr (“dark”), Dutch blaken …’

    I think the word “blakkaz” suggests that this piece may be tongue in cheek.

  17. Remember contracting at a government department during the beatification of St George Floyd when we had something similar. All the dev teams were instructed to go through their code and remove any references to blacklists and whitelists (because it’s ‘blocklist’ and ‘allowlist’ now you horrible rascist). Took a couple of weeks (of no actual work getting done).

  18. OK found it.
    This is from Merrian Webster which used to be good, but has gone a bit woke & rubbish lately.

    Middle English blak, from Old English blæc; akin to Old High German blah black, and probably to Latin flagrare to burn, Greek phlegein

    I thought the proto indo european version was something quite different. Something to do with crows, similar to “corvin” .

  19. So WTF are they going to rename “penetrating oil” as???

    They won’t need to rename that, as the “oil” part will cause it to be banned anyway.

  20. For all of those versions of names, you really have to go back to what people thought of the colours at the time & not just the name. You only have to look back to medieval books of hours etc to have colours & hues of colours have particular significances. So you can read the artwork by the colours.
    And of course, we’ve now come full circle & are back to doing the same.

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