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27 March 2014 | by John Morrish

Don’t take dictation

The Language Game

THE INTERNET is constantly throwing up ­little campaigns, put together by a handful of activists using Twitter, Facebook and all the rest. The “Ban Bossy” campaign, which has spread from the maelstrom of social media into newspapers and television, is different.The idea that the word “bossy” should be banned because it damages girls’ leadership potential did not come from angry parents. Instead, it was the brainchild of Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook and one of the most powerful women in the world. She was called “bossy” when she was a child. Who can say what she would have achieved otherwise?The campaign has a glossy website and a slick video featuring a few of the women who support the billionaire’s aims, or have read her best-sellin


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