We are thinking of borrowing this list of acceptable terms from the University of Michigan IT department. (Click to enlarge.) What does everyone think?
So from now on, don’t say “Losing to those dummies at BYU is no picnic.” That must be changed to “Losing to those placeholders at BYU is no gathering.” Anyone who violates these rules will be placed on the deny list.
(Seriously, there are a number of these that I never use. Just poking a little fun at the excesses.)
I would never had guessed that a master terminal or a disabled system would offend anyone. Than again, I would like to know how to refer to an overweight person in anyway possible that is both descriptive and not offensive? I think any word that notes a negative condition will not be acceptable over time. If words are so important would a very homely person be comfortable being referred to as incredibly beautiful? Maybe just use the opposite like referring to something that is very good as ‘bad’.