I don’t know. It’s a hard thing to talk about, and it’s hard to talk about because it’s about language.
We live in a world full of hazards.
Oliver “Shiny” Blakemore

My personal policy is derived from George Carlin. It’s the context that matters, especially when true meaning has been masked via euphemism. Of course, that seems somewhat quaint when elected officials have an allergic reaction to facts, or when language is used to support a divisive agenda. But you shouldn’t worry if your language will piss people off, because you can’t control their initial reaction. Maybe they’re ignorant of context, or maybe they just disagree with you. Disagreements are the first step to critical thinking. But stay true to yourself and let your voice ring like a bell. Those who hear it will respond.

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