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Here are some sensitive terms Diane Ravitch found in various guidelines. Included are reasons given for avoiding them, and alternatives:

Adam and Eve: Replace with Eve and Adam to demonstrate that males do not take priority over females.

America/Americans: Use with care because it suggests geographical chauvinism unless it applies to all people in North, South, and Central Americas.

Early man: Sexist; replace with early human.

Girlish laughter: Sexist; replace with laughter.

Hell: Banned; replace with heck or darn.

Jungle: Replace with rain forest, savannah.

Old wives' tales: Sexist; replace with folk wisdom.

Paraplegic: Offensive; replace with people with paraplegia.

Polo: Elitist.

Snow cone: Regional bias; replace with flavored ice.

Vol. 22, Issue 26, Page 9

Published in Print: March 12, 2003, as Heave-Ho
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