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Talk:carer

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"Have you thought of a job as a carer for disabled people? " The preferred terminology of Carers UK is "care worker" - whilst the word "carer" is frequently misused in this way, it is confusing. Legislation makes clear the distinction, as they define carers as unpaid. 84.9.235.143 17:48, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

To my American ears, carer sounds strange, as we're much more accustomed to hearing caregiver being used for both situations. Also, while the law make a distinction between a carer and a care worker, it is not necessarily a mistake in general speech. In the States, insane has a narrow legal definition--the inability to distinguish between right and wrong and/or the inability to control one's action. However, those who use insane to mean crazy aren't misusing the word if they are using it in everyday speech. In fact if one insisted on the narrow legal definition of the word in general usage, he--not the one using the term more broadly--would be in error. SonPraises 23:00, 21 April 2008 (UTC)