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Inclusive or alienating? The language wars go on

By Nicholas Kristof

02 Feb 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof argues that well-meaning attempts to revise language with the goal of inclusivity may be counterproductive and overlook the bigger picture.

Before the millions of views, the subsequent ridicule and finally the earnest apology, The Associated Press Stylebook practically oozed good intentions in its tweet last week:

“We recommend avoiding general and often dehumanizing ‘the’ labels such as the poor, the mentally ill, the French, the disabled, the college educated.”

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