February 22, 2013

Feb. 16 Free for All writer Pamela Harms criticized an earlier letter-writer for rightly objecting to the use of “elderly.” Harms cited definitions to justify the use of elderly, but why is that judgmental appellation, or a tortured similar one, needed? Her option of “well-seasoned” is too cute and condescending. “Mature” is a trite euphemism.

Why defend adjectives that can be demeaning, silly, inaccurate or pejorative? Let the reader interpret the age of someone in the news.

I don’t want to be labeled “elderly” because it hints at a mind-set I don’t have.

Len Wiener, Bethesda

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