Thursday, April 28, 2011

More "youths" who are no such thing

Yesterday's Leicester Mercury featured a crime story involving youths who turned out to be children.

Today's paper has the headline:

Grandfather beaten to the ground by youths as he walked home in Leicester

But if you read the story it turns out that these youths are 20-year-old men.

The term "youth", at least as employed by the Mercury, seems to mean "someone vaguely young of whom you should be afraid". We would be better off without it.

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