Persons

For reasons no doubt buried in the ancient political sensitivities of the human services, it is considered woefully déclassé to refer to human beings as “people.” ”

Emergency shelters in New York provided accommodation [you'd never catch them "giving a bed"] to 35,000 persons last year,” a paper recently announced. Why PERSONS? Would anyone, in conversation, ever have said that? “This budget assumes four sessions per week, serving an average 30 persons each.”

PERSONS? Go figure. Evidently the term “people” takes too little account of the dignity of those being helped. Sorry: assisted.

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