Are the words we use and how we communicate ageist?


Most baby-boomers were delighted to see that in the last Oscar round Meryl Streep and Christopher Plummer were given awards for their acting . Their expertise and competence in their chosen craft have been honed over time and they deserved their golden statues.

In New Zealand had either of them been knocked down by a car the headline would have read ‘Elderly man/woman injured…etc’. They are at an age where some might think they should be put out to pasture.

Our language has changed and defines how we see each other. In a blog written by Terry Wogan in The Telegraph he writes that a school advertising for a new staff member had the words dynamic and enthusiastic removed from the advertisement as “they are ageist” .

Are dynamic and enthusiastic now words only to describe the young and athletic or is this PC gone wrong?

How many of us would like to think that even if we have reached those ‘golden years’ we would like to see ourselves as enthusiastic and dynamic,able to confidently fulfil roles with our experience and attitude.

And as for Meryl and Christopher I’m sure they would be definitely classed in anyone’s vocabulary as dynamic and enthusiastic and stunning in their roles.

So lets reclaim language that fits all people who have the right attitude and confidence to do what they do do well.

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