"I really don't understand the world anymore." --Jason Gideon in his letter to Spencer Reid on why he's leaving the BAU
I recently came across a list of words which a University of Missouri group says journalists should not use, for fear of offending somebody. This list came out in 1990, so it is not some recent thing. Here are a few of the words which supposedly should not be used.
ugh -- said to be "highly offensive" because it mimics American Indian speech
Dutch treat -- implies that Dutch people are cheap
burly -- too often associated with large black men, and implying ignorance
fried chicken -- again, a stereotype of black people
jock -- can be offensive to some
rubbing noses -- objectionable to Eskimos
many words used to describe females -- airhead, buxom, dingbat, dizzy, gorgeous, pert, petite, stunning, sweetie
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