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to email radio 2 and say

(32 Posts)
Saltire Thu 22-Oct-09 17:06:58

"please can you ask your mewsreader, when mentioning the Poppy Appeal launched today by Dame vera, to stop saying "soldiers" and use the words Armed Forces or Military, because as records sadly show, it's not just the Army who are sadly losing personel"

angry. Sorry if others thin I am being Unreasonable, but it's a bugbear of mine

CybilEngineer Thu 22-Oct-09 17:07:42

Yes please do it. Radio 2 are thick.

Saltire Thu 22-Oct-09 17:08:42

"mewsreader"hmm obviously anger got the better of me

MacaroonIncident Thu 22-Oct-09 17:09:08

adn stop saying veterans fgs

or heroes

Wonderstuff Thu 22-Oct-09 17:09:34

YANBU. Would have expected the beeb to get this right.

stuffitllllama Thu 22-Oct-09 17:12:40

If you point this out they will no doubt act upon it.

Saltire Thu 22-Oct-09 17:13:00

I emailed them once before, in fact twice before and they changed the wording on their news pagegrin

stuffitllllama Thu 22-Oct-09 17:14:03

veterans ..if they are veterans then why not.. don't get that

also heroes.. don't get that either ..why don't you like heroes? too approving, or inaccurate?

stuffitllllama Thu 22-Oct-09 17:14:49

Radio Two are not thick btw.

Saltire Thu 22-Oct-09 17:15:33

I know they are not thick, just that it irritates me them being factually inaccurate

MacaroonIncident Thu 22-Oct-09 17:16:11

i find veterans an americanism tbh. a recent one too.
a dn heroes are subjective
some bloke who has cooke din a tent in afgahnistan and not been near a gun/ bomb is a cook, not a hero.

Rindercella Thu 22-Oct-09 17:17:55

Saltire, good point, well made smile

I personally don't get what's wrong with saying either veteran or hero either.

MacaroonIncident Thu 22-Oct-09 17:19:17

i just explained it.
you arent a hero just for GOING to war.

stuffitllllama Thu 22-Oct-09 17:19:18

If they are veterans they are veterans.

I think your other assessment is harsh.

Saltire they don't like it either I'm sure. It is always worth saying something.

MacaroonIncident Thu 22-Oct-09 17:19:51

until about 4 years ago they were ex servicemen.
now they are "veterans"
its american and not nice

Rindercella Thu 22-Oct-09 17:20:26

Err, cross post MI. And imo your explanation is not enough for me to agree with you.

stuffitllllama Thu 22-Oct-09 17:21:03

I think they are veterans if they have been in a conflict.

If they have not been in a conflict they are ex-servicemen.

<waits to be corrected>

<possibly by Saltire> smile

stuffitllllama Thu 22-Oct-09 17:21:23

or women gosh darn it

MacaroonIncident Thu 22-Oct-09 17:21:44

my dad was in a conflict
and was always ex servicemen
its a word youd not even really SAY = its media speak

stuffitllllama Thu 22-Oct-09 17:22:43

well if your Dad says so smile

and by the way well done to your Dad

MacaroonIncident Thu 22-Oct-09 17:23:26

well done?
for wot?

stuffitllllama Thu 22-Oct-09 17:24:55

• noun 1 a person who has had long experience in a particular field. 2 an ex-member of the armed forces.


I think this is what the BBC uses.

I was trying to be pleasant. Don't worry about it.

MacaroonIncident Thu 22-Oct-09 17:25:42

you emant for the conflict?
its ok!!! lol
it was 40 years ago.

you are always lovely.

stuffitllllama Thu 22-Oct-09 17:27:44

<bats eyelashes>

am greatly supportive of the Armed Forces so good show to your Dad whether you like it or not

Kayran Thu 22-Oct-09 17:31:21

For being one of a number of 'hero's' who have been in conflicts, not of their making, not of their chosing but at the bidding of OUR democratically elected government in the service of OUR country and by default at the behest of everyone in this country. They may be a myraid of different personalities but each and every one of them is sacrificing something for each and everyone of us - whether that sacrifice involces 'acts' of 'heroism' is of little import. Oh and if you think a six month tour of Afghansitan/Iraq/Kosovo/Bosnia/Northern Ireland (to name just some of the ones my DH had been on) is not a sacrifice then spend a weekend on a TA weekend just on salisbury Plain - I am sure you would not make it through so smugly angry

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