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Re: Language -- am I being too vigillant?

From: Leslie K. Yoder <lkyoder@pacbell.net>
Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 19:13:45 -0800
To: WAI-ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-id: <007001c168cc$8af03660$6401a8c0@lavirgen>
> oh, this is easy, do no harm.
> Handicapped does harm to some so why not use something harmless even it
> does take a bit more space to write or a bit longer to say.  Besides, I
> doubt the guy's assertion that most people would say handicapped or
> disabled provided they are made aware of the facts in the matter.  For
> him to continue to be uninformed willingly shows a real character flaw.

The brevity/ease-of-scanning argument has never worked for me.  "Broad" is
one syllable; "woman" is two.  "Nigger" is two syllables; "African-American"
is seven.  Which should be the preferred term?
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