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Please Stop Calling People “Tone-Deaf” When They Make Offensive Or Insensitive Comments

I’m actually tone-deaf, and I promise you, I’m neither offensive nor insensitive, so please just stop.

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I’m sorry to break it to you, but you’re ableist. That’s right. If you’ve ever used the idiom “tone-deaf” to describe something daft, then you’ve…

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Medium humor. Large laughs.

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Clem Samson

Clem Samson

Essayist, humorist, satirist, funny-ist, poetist, fictionalist, fabulist, quizzist, journalist. Creative Writing Prof at Harvard College, Duluth, Minnesota.

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