In the U.K., where one racial incident can spark riots capable of razing entire neighborhoods, it's easy to understand why watching your language is important, but is the word "blacklist" really a racial slur? It is according to top brass at Scotland Yard. The word, along with "whitelist," has been blackballed in the police's IT department in a case of political correctness perhaps gone too far.
A Scotland Yard spokesman explains that the ban "reflects a more appropriate use of language in a professional, policing environment." OK, but we can think of lots of words that are far more offensive in a country where creative cursing is something of a national pastime.