Words carry a lot of power. How often have you been hurt by the utterance of a single word? While it can seem like a lot of effort to always speak in “politically correct” language, it is well worth the effort for you are practicing equality through the language you use everyday.
I often use the word “lame” to mean something is uncool. Imagine being physically unable to use your legs and that being labelled “uncool”. Why don’t I just use uncool, or perhaps, cheesy? By saying “cheesy” or “uncool”, I am conveying my opinion, but without hurting anybody who is physically challenged.
There are many more words that are hurtful to many scores of humans around the world. Here’s a list of offensive words, with adequate alternatives, for those who want to speak loudly, clearly and, most importantly, politely: http://fembotmag.com/2015/04/20/abelist-homophobic-and-racist-words-and-phrases-we-need-to-stop-using/
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