“…the language used by some [US] federal employees around climate change. … terms that should be avoided by staff and those that should replace them. “Climate change” is in the “avoid” category, to be replaced by “weather extremes”. Instead of “climate change adaption”, staff are asked to use “resilience to weather extremes”.”

“Evidence” is to be replaced by “fake news”, “science” is to be replaced by “Chinese conspiracy”, and “experts” should not be used, but instead “communist libertarians.”

Catkin and Mouse

A writers’ letter to Oxford University Press (OUP) “protests the removal of nature-related words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. The likes of ‘acorn’ and ‘catkin’ have been dropped to make room for words such as ‘broadband’ and ‘cut and paste’. ‘Children are no longer using these words,’ shrugged OUP in weary defence.” (

That’s because the BBC Acorn computer fizzled out in the 1980s; and who remembers the Sinclair Catkin?