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10 Insensitive Words You Need to Stop Using Right Now

Words can create cultures of belonging or exclusion, and it’s important to know which words or phrases are which, especially if you value diversity (and you should :)). The way we use language changes as the culture at large changes, and the trend is towards respectful people-first language. “Using inclusive language helps build trust and credibility, particularly with groups that have felt historically underrepresented or misrepresented,” says Rachele Kanigel, editor of The Diversity Style Guide. Addict → person with a substance abuse disorderAddiction is a disease — but we shouldn’t equate a person’s identity with their disease. Changing the way we use words can be difficult, but inclusive language really can create a more inclusive workplace.

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