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As gypsy moths are renamed due to ‘racial slur’, who or what will the language police target next?

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Should I laugh or should I cry when I discover that we are not supposed to refer to that pesky insect which chews through the leaves of trees as a gypsy moth? I cannot think of anyone who is in the least bit offended by the term gypsy moth. However, just in case someone might be traumatised by the use of this term, in a preventive strike the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has decided to ‘remove’ it from its list of approved names.

Evidently, the ESA has decided not to be left out of the culture wars so it has launched a review into insect names that “may be inappropriate or offensive”. In a world where offence archaeology has become a growth industry, it was only a matter of time before the naming of insects was brought into the frame. From now on the gypsy moth will be identified by that widely known and popular term, ‘lymantria dispar’.

Predictably, the term gypsy ant has also been cancelled just in case it causes trauma to a member of the Roma community. So, get ready to use the catchy term ‘aphaenogaster araneoides’ in its place.

It seems that it is only a matter of time before virtually every well-known name for a creature will become a target of the language police. The........

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