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Olympic coins to give sportspeople clear guidance on acceptable abusive terms in English

With the fallout from the Luis Suarez racism case still far from over, the Royal Mint is to add new designs to its special Olympics coin collection which give clear guidance on abusive terms that are considered acceptable in English.

One chosen design explains the offside rule with a concise diagram, and a new submission aims to eradicate any controversy by giving an example of a term which is racist, and one which is deemed acceptable and not racist above, with both clearly marked to avoid any confusion.

"Got any spare change, sir?"

As well as clarifying and promoting useful non-racist abusive terms, there are proposals to include other language lessons on various coinage to help those adapting to sledging in Britain.

Potential conversations-starters being plugged might feature, “It’s a bit windy today, innit?”

Meanwhile, expressions that might be highlighted as being insulting or offensive could include, “I’d rather this was being held in Germany” and “I support the Conservatives”.

If you have any helpful suggestions, please get in touch.

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