Maybe I'm too sensitive, but in a recent story in The Times, (Sept. 16), the writer used the term "trailer" five times in describing a mobile home park. The story was about a flock of coots--a duck-like bird--that had taken up residence in the "trailer park's man-made lakes."
I don't profess to be an expert on coots, but I do believe I am knowledgeable enough about mobile homes, having lived in one--by choice--for five years.
That antiquated term "trailer park" unfortunately comes saddled with all sorts of negative baggage. Indeed, this terminology conjures up images of run-down campers, homemade utility lines strung haphazardly from unit to unit, clothes hanging from ropes attached to battered tree limbs, outhouses instead of modern sanitary bathrooms, grubby kids running amok, and dilapidated barracks-type housing units set amid mounds of rotting garbage.
Today's mobile home parks provide a striking contrast to the "trailer parks" of the Korean and World War II eras. Most of these manufactured houses sell for as much as $100,000.