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Chapter 12. Whose Speech Is It, Anyway?:... > Avoid Sexist Language, Baby - Pg. 95

Whose Speech Is It, Anyway?: Speech Style 95 For example, "ERA" would refer to the Equal Rights Amendment in the jargon of the National Or- ganization of Women. The computer jargon "virus," " program," "chip," "bit," and "floppy" also have other meanings. Avoid Sexist Language, Baby Sexist language assigns roles or characteristics to people on the basis of gender. The term was originally used to refer to practices that discriminated against women. Now, the term sexist lan- guage also includes any usage that unfairly limits the aspirations or capabilities of either sex. Read over the guidelines that follow: · Avoid outdated stereotypes such as "Men are terrible housekeepers," or "Women are bad driv- ers." Speech of the Devil In most cases, it's a good idea to avoid slang and regional expressions. Slang--words such as "rad", "deadhead," "groovy," and "neat"--pass out of usage quickly and can make your speech not only confus- ing, but also dated. Regional expressions consist of words particular to a specific region, such as "grinder," "poorboy," "hero," or "sub" (these are all used for a cold cut sandwich). As with slang, regional expressions can confuse your listeners.