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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

billdehaan

The problem is that people who believe sanitizing the language of offensive terms will result in offensiveness.

All it means is that new terms will be used.

Fifty years ago, people missing a leg, or an eye were called "cripples". Then it was decided that term was horribly offensive, and they were to be called "disabled" instead, as it was more sensitive.

Until about twenty years later, when "disabled" was now considered horribly offensive, and the new term "differently abled" was to be used. But that was a joke, because there's nothing "abled" about missing a leg, or an eye, and so people were trying to find a new unoffensive term.

It's a losing battle. It's not like disabilities are going to disappear because you call them something different.

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