The U.K. ‘Daily Mail’ Again Confuses ‘Celibate’ With ‘Continence’ (A.K.A. ‘Abstinence’).

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access U.K. “Daily Mail” original.


Click to ENLARGE. From above cited article.


They have done before, too.

Click to access my post from 2015.


Yes, I know. Many people do use ‘celibate‘ to mean ‘not having sex‘. But, that becomes very convoluted when you apply it to married folks because the true definition of ‘celibate’ is not being in a relationship. That is how ‘celibate’ came to have this secondary meaning, though it is no longer the case, i.e., IF you are not in a relationship then you are not having sex!

The correct word is ‘continence‘ or ‘abstinence’.

Yes, the improper use of this word bugs I. But, I am a pedant as to the correct usage of the Queen’s beautiful English.





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by Anura Guruge

1 thought on “The U.K. ‘Daily Mail’ Again Confuses ‘Celibate’ With ‘Continence’ (A.K.A. ‘Abstinence’).

  1. freegrl1

    Americans think of ‘continence’ as holding in your urine, because of a medical issue Look at our commercials in America about incontinence and you’ll hear about ‘continence’.
    I believe it’s used as more of a medical term in the U.S.A. and in Britain as you have stated, ‘abstinence from sex’.

    Two countries, two meanings. Not unusual.

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