Inclusive language

  • Mary E. Hunt


Languages reflect cultural changes with regard to gender, race, disability, and other important social matters. Institutions increasingly expect that language used in official documents as well as in teaching and writing will reflect these changes. Therefore, the use of “persons” instead of “men,” “night” instead of “darkness,” and the like are normative. Far from being an exercise in political correctness, this is simply an evolution of language that serves to include rather than exclude, honor rather than dismiss.

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