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Acceptable words/phrases

Discussion in 'Personal' started by EmanuelShadrack, May 10, 2019.

  1. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    Hello Everyone

    Following on from the recent Danny Baker thread, I thought I'd ask if anyone knew of a quick definitive reference to words and phrases that are now deemed unacceptable/offensive/whatever, and what the current incarnations of these words/phrases now are.


    Old term:
    mentally handicapped

    New term:
    learning disabled / possessing a learning disability

    (I'm guessing the "New term" in the example above is still "acceptable". That too might have become unacceptable since I last looked.)

    Some sort of measure of the offensiveness of the old term would be useful too, if available.

    I did google "politically correct word list" just now, and the top result was a link to the BNP website, of all places. Funnily enough I won't be taking that as the definitive guide on this topic.

    My workplace doesn't provide me with training on this, and for that I am grateful. Personally I think all that's required would be a straightforward list. Trawling through videos etc seems to me to be overkill.

    In the absence of a universally-agreed guide, examples would be most welcome.

    Thank you
  2. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Illegal/undocumented (as in migrant)
    Re****ed/intellectual disability (also replaces id*** mo*** and imb****)
  3. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Congenital iodine deficiency syndrome has replaced the former medical term given to the disease for reasons explained here. Regrettably changing the name hasn't eliminated the condition.
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  4. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I used to run workshops on acceptable / unacceptable language. It was useful to engage in discussion rather than work from a list - or so the participants said.
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  5. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

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  6. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    Why? What's wrong with a list? Why is a discussion required to be aware that you don't say "mentally handicapped" any more, and instead to say "learning disabled"?
  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter


    Person of colour

    Don't ask me why... I don't know. I'd ask the NAACP but...
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  8. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Mixed race

    Dual Heritage

    I heard this in a discussion on Radio 4.
  9. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I didn't say it was required. I said the participants found it useful. Perhaps it was to do with working in an environment based on personal interaction.
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  10. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    Mixed race is still acceptable. People might come from more than two heritages.
  11. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    The two aren't the same.
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  12. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

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  13. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    Your censorship or automatic TES filtering? Maybe one of the mods could share the database of words that TES deems unacceptable... although that would only appear as a series of asterisks wouldn't it?! It's been a long (short) week.
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  14. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    Or multiracial or multi ethnic
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  15. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    Please elaborate.

    It sounds a lot like the Judean People's Front to me.
  16. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    The term "coloured" historically has its roots in segregation.

    "People of colour" came from movements fighting segregation and exclusion and is a much newer term.
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  17. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    So you think there is a pure race?

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  18. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    In the USA... why people want to pretend they have the same meaning here because of events in another country I don't know.

    And as I said... NAACP.
  19. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    Not what I said. I also gave alternatives for those who prefer other definitions.
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  20. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    Some people may not care for "people of colour". If they prefer black no reason not to use their preferred terminology.

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