Stanford University has published a ‘harmful language’ guide that outlines words and phrases it wants to eliminate from its websites and computer code.
Under the “imprecise language” section, the guide calls for US citizen to be used instead of American
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“(‘American’) often refers to people from the United States only, thereby insinuating that the US is the most important country in the Americas,” the index says.
The guide has 10 “harmful language” sections: ableist, ageism, colonialism, culturally appropriative, gender-based, imprecise language, institutionalized racism, person-first, violent and additional considerations.
Additionally, the guide is loaded with more terms it wants to replace, ostensibly to tackle things like racism, homophobia, and ableism.
Notable terms the new index wants to replace:
- “Immigrant” with “person who has immigrated” or “non-citizen.”
- “Abort” with “cancel” or “end.”
- “Child prostitute” with “child who has been trafficked.”
- “Karen” with “demanding or entitled White woman.”
- “Handicap parking” with “accessible parking.”
- “Committed suicide” with “died by suicide.”
- “Tone deaf” with “unenlightened.”
- “Addict” with “person with a substance abuse disorder”
- “Slave labor” with “underpaid.”
Click HERE for the full PDF of desired changes the index wants you to “consider using.”
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