Language choice is more than a matter of political correctness

A police officer reads a copy of the Daily Nation news paper on January 20, 2015 in Nairobi. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Calling someone “mad” is not politically correct as it can cause offence and may be inaccurate.
  • It’s better to say “a person with a mental illness”, “a mental health patient” or “a person with a mental health problem”.

In his usual quick and inventive humour, Prof. X.N. Iraki asks in “The Cutting Edge” of June 24 whether “mad people” have gone digital.

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