Monday, March 07, 2016



Must not say 'spic' instead of 'spick'

It is a wholesome campaign to clean up Britain for the Queen’s birthday – but last night a race row erupted over an unfortunate gaffe.

Posters and T-shirts designed to advertise this weekend’s Clean For The Queen drive mistakenly included a racist slur.

They were meant to show the slogan ‘Spick And Span Ma’am’ but instead used the spelling ‘spic’ – used in the US as an offensive term for Hispanic people.

Twitter users noticed the error last week. One asked: ‘Are you aware you’ve put a racist term on your asinine posters? You’re missing a k.’

Sam Taylor, editor of The Lady, said: ‘If they’re going to go around cleaning up the country they should start by cleaning up their language. It’s an unfortunate mistake and whether or not people are offended, they’ve used the wrong word. ‘I wouldn’t suggest they put it on a commemorative tea towel.’

Clean For The Queen was created by Country Life editor Mark Hedges and Melissa Murdoch, a charity trustee, to mark Her Majesty’s 90th by getting rid of the rubbish blighting our towns and villages.

Although it has no public funding, it has been backed by MPs including David Cameron. Michael Gove and Boris Johnson posed wearing the campaign’s T-shirts and holding litter-pickers, while Kirstie Allsopp and Ben Fogle also lent their support, as did Keep Britain Tidy.

Last night organisers denied the wording was offensive. Campaign director Adrian Evans said: ‘It is an ancient phrase, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, which suggests two options on spelling. Spic and span means neat and clean – which sums up our campaign perfectly.’

The OED states that ‘spic’ is only occasionally used, with ‘spick and span’ the most common spelling.

Spic is more often used as an ‘offensive name for a Spanish-speaking native of Central or South America or the Caribbean

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Spic 'n Span" is the name of a cleaning product.

( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spic_and_Span )

It is easy to see where the confusion comes in.

This is another case of faux outrage over something where people are looking to be offended.

Bird of Paradise said...

Whine,whine,whine that's all we ever hear from liberals Whine,whine,whine

Anonymous said...

I have always heard spic as being derogatory of Italians.

Storm the Abatross said...

Anon 5:45 Yeah Spic and Span a cleaning product and their fun little commercials they used to show

Anonymous said...

In the United States "Spic and Span" is the most common usage and is why the commercial product utilized "Spic 'N Span". Spic "n Span used catchy commercials and earworm jingles to good effect. When growing up "Spic" was a derogatory for Puerto Ricans where greaser and wetback were for Mexicans. Since they are now all "latino's" I guess that all slurs are taken to apply to all.

What I find disturbing is the progressive bent of taking offense even though you are not of the offended group. This type outrage is quite narcissistic.

MDH

Alpha Skua leader of the skuas said...

Soon whining liberals will come out with little boolets of words they consiter offensive to other whining liberals and if you speak those words you get sent to liberal sensitivity classes becuase liberals have never ever quit whining since they were kids and realy should return to their little playpens