Friday, January 20, 2012

Common Problems (Part 24 of 50)


Use inclusive language. (Man no longer means humanity. Be sensitive to the role of women.) 

* The first generation of man. . .

* Manning [staffing] the helm as we crossed a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. . .

* A family of Orientals [Asians] lives across the street from us.

We no longer use ethnic slurs, so let's be consistent. (We used to write racial slurs.)

Because we are sensitive writers,
we avoid offending individuals.

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1 comment:

  1. I would include here that when referencing individuals with disabilities, use people first language. They are not "disabled people," they are "people with disabilities." They are not "Down's kids" they are kids with Down syndrome.
    Can I use an absolute here? Always, always use "people first" language.

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