RE: Pet Peeves

Subject: RE: Pet Peeves
From: "Dori Green" <dgreen -at- associatedbrands -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 12:16:19 -0400

Many people seem to have missed the point that I was invited to list my pet
peeves; my pet peeves include the use of sexist and racist language by
people who have hung out their shingles as knowing better. I simply pulled
two simple examples from recent list posts and common usage.

Phrases that are specifically listed in "how to avoid offensive language"
texts because _anybody_ has identified them as offensive should be avoided.
As professional writers it might be a good idea to spend an hour or two out
of our lives reviewing such texts.

As I stated with my first post, it is the receiver of the message who
determines whether or not it is offensive. If one person has said they
don't like a phrase, I need to remove it from my lexicon and not argue with
them about the legitimacy of their feelings.

I'm not personally offended by any particular phrases. But I'm letting
everybody know right now that I _was_ offended by several off-list flamers
who got very excited about this thread. I have blocked those folks from any
future attacks on my mailbox and I'll do the same to any others who behave
that way. If somebody doesn't like something I say or the way I say it,
that's fine. But play nice, sheesh.

Dori Green


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