Quote of the Day: Guardian Corrects Hyperbolic Use of Word 'Psychotic'
Get your semantics straight
"Referring to the Adam Boulton-Alastair Campbell encounter, a column described one of the parties as 'hysterically queenly and psychotically aggressive' (Raging Boul v Alastair Campbell, 11 May, page 5). A column about election TV referred to the 'psychotic personality of a long-range military sniper' (Coping with the terror of live television, 10 April, page 5, G2). The Guardian's style guide states that terms such as psychotic should be used only in a medical context."
--Correction given in the Guardian (UK), via The Browser. Paul Waugh of the London Evening Standard called the correction "almost a parody of a Guardianista approach to political correctness."
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