At this point, most people have heard about the #blacklivesmatter movement, and thank God for that. Finally, it feels like a somewhat productive conversation is happening about racism in this country, and though there are still many hurdles to overcome, effective discourse is the absolute best place to start.
For a 40th year, Lake Superior State University has celebrated its freezing New Year in Michigan by issuing a list of “banished” words that we misuse or overuse. Pretty annoying. But if not “user-friendly” (they banished that phrase in 1984), the list does have its uses.