BC, AD & The BBC
The BBC has been accused of â€œbizarreâ€ political correctness over a section on its religion website advising staff to use the terms â€˜Common Eraâ€™ and â€˜Before Common Eraâ€™ instead of Anno Domini – the Year Of Our Lord – and Before Christ.
It states: â€œAs the BBC is committed to impartiality, it is appropriate that we use terms that do not offend or alienate non-Christians.â€ The Christian Instituteâ€™s Colin Hart said: â€œItâ€™s bizarre. The BBC is adopting a Soviet-style atheist system when we donâ€™t live in an atheist society.â€
The BBC responded: â€œBoth AD and BC, and CE and BCE are widely accepted date systems and the decision on which term to use lies with individual production and editorial teams.â€
Why not BBBC (Before BBC?) My ex used to refer to anything that happened earlier in my life as ‘LBM’ (Life Before Me ie. without interest) On that note, let’s have a nice picture of Alvar Liddell. Older readers, explain who he was to the younger folk.