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'Manholes' Called Sexist, Become 'Access Chambers'

February 28, 1986|United Press International

LONDON — A London borough Thursday banned the use of the word manhole on the grounds it is sexist and ordered sewer workers to use the term access chambers.

"It is our policy to use non-sexist language. The word manhole clearly defies it," said a spokesman for the Hackney borough council in east London.

"It is an insult to women. Why not call them womenholes?" he said.

The leftist-controlled council previously banned from schools the nursery rhyme "Bah Bah, Black Sheep," saying it was racist.

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