I hear the term every once in a while, often in a less-than-serious context: someone cracks a joke about “a nudist colony.”
I know it’s a term not used by many, if any, nudists and naturists, because it has some negative connotations, as in “a place for undesirables,” says one Wikipedia entry. Think “leper colony.”
Another Wikipedia entry says some naturists do, in fact, use the term: “Nudist colony is no longer a favored term, but it is used by naturists as a term of derision for landed clubs that have rigid non-inclusive membership criteria, and in meta-data on naturist websites.”
And I do hear the term mistakenly used by some uninitiated folks who refer to clothing-optional beaches as “nudist colonies.”
In short, it seems to be one of those terms that isn’t helping the naturism cause, and I’m thinking we need to correct people when we hear them using it.
What say you?