It's Au Pair, not Nanny

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COLLINGSWOOD, NJ: The nannies are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it any more. Infuriated by the media’s interchangeable use of “nanny” and “au pair” during the Louise Woodward murder trial, the International Nannies Association has launched a campaign to highlight the difference between the two.

Says INA president Mary O’Connor: “A nanny is a qualified child-care professional, but parents hiring an au pair are hiring an exchange student, of sorts. We don’t believe that an 18-year-old from another country is equipped to do full-time child care.”

Can a media misnomer really destroy an entire profession? The jury's still out on that one.