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>I have long wondered about this: politically correct words may not match
>words in current medical or scientific usage. Is the trend changing in this
>area also, despite some diehard authors insisting on the old terminology?
>Example: deaf-mute, deaf-mutism, (medical term for early hearing impairment
>in excess of 85 db ISO) as opposed to: deaf, hearing-impaired(the general
>Other terms that could be questioned: Negro, Negroid
>(psychometrics/engineering/medicine); tainted, blighted
I don't think the question is relevant, except in that it may create a
heated thread about political correctness. If you are writing for the
scientific community, use the current, standard language for the
audience. If you are writing for a lay audience, use the current,
standard language for the audience. (See the trend?)