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It has been widely used for decades to describe a pre-election period in which official government announcements cannot be made.
But it also refers to the Islamic practice in some parts of the world where women are not allowed to be seen.
Panicked council chiefs across the border are now so worried about “religious sensitivities” they have decided to outlaw the word altogether.
Last night the move sparked bemusement in the principality with one leading MP describing it as “political correctness gone mad”.
David Davies, the Tory MP for Monmouth, said: “What a load of PC nonsense. What next? I expect we might soon be prevented from using the word homonym in case it upsets someone.
"People have been using the word purdah for years but are now banned in case some religious sect somewhere in the world takes offence. Quite frankly, it’s madness.”