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political correctness

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Careful choice of words in spoken and written communications and actions, intended to avoid giving offense to ethnic, racial, cultural, or sexually oriented groups, disabled persons, and other designated groups that may be stigmatized. The aim is worthy, but implementing it can lead to circumlocution or mealy-mouthed utterances and subtle shifts in the meaning of words. An example is replacement of the suffix “man” in genderless words, such as chairman or alderman, by neologisms, such as chairperson, often abbreviated to chair.

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