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Are You Wondering What Kind Of Language To Use So You Won’t Offend Anyone In The Process?

As humans, language is one of the most valuable tools that we have. It separates us from everything else because we are the only ones that are using comprehensive language as a mean of communication.

Throughout the years, language has neglected a lot of people. They were discriminated on many factors such as culture, age, race and ethnicity, gender and many more. Today, this is not the case. Today we have a comprehensive language, and the main point of this language is to treat all people with respect, decency, and equality. Still, there is a small chance of making a mistake and offending someone by using comprehensive language, but still, there’s nothing to be lost in the process.

So, the solution to your problem is to use comprehensive language, and we will offer you a few tips that you need to remember so you can be more effective:

1. Apply The Principles For Comprehensive Language Listed Below

  • Avoid the use of idioms, acronyms, and jargons

    • Acronyms and jargons can exclude some people that don’t have specific knowledge of a certain subject and idioms can have different and negative meaning in some other language.
  • Put the people first

    • Use constructions that put the person ahead of their features
  • Avoid using phrases that insinuate victimhood

    • See the table below
      positive and negative terms in comprehensive language
  • Do not use phrases that indicate some mental health disorder

    • A certain percentage of the population has some of the mental health disorders, and they might feel offended if you use a phrase that is connected with some mental disorder.
  • Avoid using the term “guys” as a universal term for both genders

    • “Guys” is not a neutral term for both genders so try to avoid it as much as possible.

2. If We Are Talking About Variety And Inclusion Of Technology, Here Are Few Key Phrases You Need To Know:

  • Accessibility

    • Developing and designing a website that provides a great user experience.
  • Ally

    • These are the supporters of groups other than their own.
  • Amplification

    • The ally uses this technique to boost a message of the member of a group that is much less dominant.
  • Culture fit

    • The possibility that the job applicant will adjust and adapt to the behavior of the organization.
  • Diversity

    • Learning the differences between an individual and a group.
  • Gender identity

    • It depends on the person’s opinion of their gender, regardless of their birth sex.
  • Inclusion

    • A progressive state of operating in which diversity is creating a fair, firm, and high-performing organization.
  • Privilege

    • An advantage that certain people have access because of their membership status.
  • Sponsorship

    • An action taken by the allies in order to advance the careers of members of different groups.

3. Additional Phrases You Need To Avoid

  • Girl

    • If the girl is 18 years old or above, the preferred choice is to use the phrase, woman/women.
  • Guys

    • If the group you are referring to is gender-mixed, then a suitable phrase to use is people, folks, etc.
  • Gypped

    • This term is used as a racial accusation of cheating.
  • Females

    • The phrase “females” sound scientific to many speakers, so that’s why is preferable to use the phrase women.
  • Hacker

    • If you use the term “hacker” in a job application, you can send a wrong impression because it has a lot of meanings. The alternative is to use the phrase engineer, developer, etc.
  • Handicap

    • This term is associated with a disabled person and a beggar. So, an acceptable alternative is to use the phrase disabled.

4. Special Accent On The Generic “He” In Technology

  • Most of the time in conversations and job descriptions connected with technology, it is assumed that the tech person is a guy. Here are few excellent tips to eliminate the use of “he”:
    • Use more plural nouns
    • Remove the phrases “he”, “him”, “his”
    • Replace “who” for “he” and articles like “the”, “an”, “a” for “his”
    • Use passive voice in small quantities
    • Replace nouns with pronouns
  • Here is a list of additional inclusive terms that you can use:

    inclusive terms in comprehensive language

fearless of using comprehensive language

Are You Still Afraid That You Might Offend Someone?

By now, we hope that we have a positive influence on you and you won’t be scared anymore. In the beginning, we mentioned that there is a slight chance that you can offend someone but it is a very rare thing, and there is nothing to be afraid of. With the use of comprehensive language, you can see that it is very much possible to leave a positive influence on the people and that’s the goal of this topic.

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