Sweden’s PC brigade bringing their A-game.
Sweden’s Ornithological Society has changed the names of a bunch of birds because they were concerned that the old names sounded racist.
For example: Any bird whose name contained the word “neger” (negro) had that word changed to the word “svart” (black), according to an article in The Local.
“We kept getting more and more questions from translators of Swedish TV programs and books wanting to know what exactly different bird names were or meant, so we decided to compile a list and while we were doing that we decided to change the names of any birds that could have stirred up a debate,” said Anders Wirdheim, information officer at Sweden’s Ornothological Society.
The bird previously known as “Zigenarfågel” which means “gypsy bird” will now be called “hoatzin,” even though that English word is already used to describe a type of tropical pheasant found in swamps and forests.