illustrated threads linked above, unillustrated suggestions listed below
Replaced by "Sanitation Engineer" which also might be used to describe the also politically incorrect "Janitor." You know, I thought the word "Engineer" sort of implied a degree from an institution of higher learning, but apparently not.
In the UK, they were (and commonly still are) called 'Bin men' or 'Dustmen', though the 'preferred' term now is 'Waste disposal operative' or somesuch rubbish. 'Janitors' are here 'Caretakers', which is still acceptable usage, though there'll no doubt be a replacement title to make up for perceived lack of status. Still pushing a mop and bucket though. 'Engineer' or its translation does imply a professional qualification in some countries - Germany for example, where you have to study 4 or 5 years or so and are then called 'Engineer Schmidt' which has similar status to 'Doktor Schmidt'. Which perhaps explains how they have a thriving car industry.
The Eager Young Lad
"I'm in the waste management industry." I believe is the correct response for a binman, when asked his job.
The caretakers at my school drive a tractor, the cleaners have a mop and bucket. Did they share jobs back in your day?
One of our caretakers was known to the pupils as 'Clank', because that was the noise he made as he shuffled his bucket around. The groundsman had the tractor, and was probably the source of much envy on account of it. The was in the days before much of the playing fields had been built on, allowing the merging of the two positions.
Headmaster, sir, I suppose the term Gay would probably not be considered completely "politically incorrect" since many folks of that persuasion wear the badge proudly and it is frequently used in the media. However, in my defense, I think it not likely that the term would be used in children's alphabets at the present time.
Perhaps an illustration of a laughing face.
Oooh the options, tubby chappy with schnitzel sausages, or the more common stereo-typed nazi goose stepping, footballers with bad mullets? I'm sure there's more...
See also the discussion under 'Hun'.
Blink Too Fast
Portrait of a right carrot-topped freak. Like Chris Evans.
A valid suggestion - Ginger hair was and is picked out as a distinguishing characteristic (well you could hardly miss it) that leads to discrimination. There was an article in a recent woman's magazine where a reporter adopted red hair for a week who found that they were pointed at, laughed at and had difficulty being served in a shop. Drawing attention to ginger hair with nicknames and alphabet cards is therefore definitely unPC.
We've got fat already, I'm angling towards Biggles' pal Ginger for this one.
Madame Guillotine, perhaps with a French aristo about to lose his head. A couple of tricoteuses would be nice but I doubt I'll fit them in.
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