Posted by Phil Andrews
We received a blistering e-mail criticism over a headline published with a column on Thursday: "Loose teeth give me the heebie-jeebies."
The suggestion is that the headline is racist.
For what it's worth, the term "heebie-jeebies" was checked, pre-publication, with the reference dictionary our newsroom uses and no problematic definition or origin was offered.
I wasn't aware the term is regarded as and or is alleged to be rooted in racism.
I have invited the emailer to call me to discuss this matter.