NPR informs us of the latest forbidden word

What would we do without NPR to monitor our use of language? There are so many groups that can be offended, we need a federally-funded organization to keep us up to date on what words we’ve used our entire life, with no malice whatsoever, to discard.  Rebecca Hersher explains: Confused about the word Eskimo? It's a commonly used term referring to the native peoples of Alaska and other Arctic regions, including Siberia, Canada and Greenland. It comes from a Central Algonquian language called Ojibwe, which people still speak around the Great Lakes region on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. But the word has a controversial history. (Editor's note: And that's why it's not used in the stories on Greenland that NPR has posted this week.) Hmm, origin with Native Americans (or, as they say north of the border, “First Canadians”). Doesn’t that make it holy? But wait! People in many parts of the Arctic consider Eskimo a...(Read Full Post)

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