A BANK of England boss has apologised for his "poor choice of language" after suffering a backlash for describing the economy as "menopausal".
"I'm sorry for my poor choice of language in an interview with the Telegraph yesterday and regret the offence caused", Broadbent said in a statement.
There was a division in opinions over what has caused Britain's current slowdown, which has lasted for almost a decade and resulted in poor growth and stagnant wages, according to the central banker.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady criticised the remarks, saying: "There's no need to resort to lazy, sexist comments to describe problems in the economy".
His comments attracted derision in social media.
Today's economy could be experiencing a similar trough as it passes the boom of the digital era and awaits the next big breakthrough, possibly with artificial intelligence, Broadbent said.
"Enough of this pejorative tosh stigmatizing women in their prime", Conservative lawmaker Sarah Wollaston said on Twitter.
Broadbent's comments are likely to put the relative lack of gender diversity in senior management back in the spotlight.
There are only three women out of more than 20 officials who serve on the BoE's three major policy committees, appointed by the finance ministry.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Broadbent said taht the term economists used to describe this sort of slump was "climacteric", which he said essentially meant: "Menopausal but can apply to both genders".
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