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The “euphemism treadmill” for offensive terms



I read just recently that Emma Watson -- who I think is adorable -- introduced herself as someone who's not single but rather "self-partnered". All I could think of after reading that is how much time and energy we waste on coming up with "positive" terms when really, what we should be improving is our culture, mindset, and use of current terms. I had a neighbor who was born with Down's syndrome. I remember his parents explaining to me that their kid is retarded and plays differently. As a child, I just got the feeling that he wasn't less or that I was more. He was just different. 

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