Antiquated terms and phrases in language often die hard — even those that should have been consigned to the semantic trash bin long ago. “Nudist colony” is one such phrase. The uniformed, even among professional journalists continue to use the phrase even though it no longer describes anything that has existed since the 1950s.
A recent news article published at 39online.com, the web presence of KIAH-TV in Houston, advertised an upcoming program on family nudism to be aired by 20/20, the ABC television newsmagazine. The article noted that the family interviewed for the program lived at a “nudist colony just outside Palm Beach (Florida).” The location discussed, Sunsport Gardens, clearly identifies itself on its official website as a “family naturist resort” not as a nudist colony.