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Chapter 24. Don't Go There: Words and Ex... > The Cliché Expert - Pg. 251

Don't Go There: Words and Expressions to Avoid 251 A Note on Words and Expressions to Avoid for Non-Native Speakers If you are a non-native speaker of English, this chapter is especially important to you for several reasons: · Many other countries are not as concerned with "politically correct" language as America has become recently. Thus, the issue of sexist and biased language is not as significant or likely to cause offense in your native language. · Ornate and flowery language may be considered more polite than direct discourse in your native language. This is true in Japanese, for example. In general, direct, blunt speech is judged as very rude in Japanese culture. · Certain bodily functions may not be referred to with euphemisms in your culture. However, these functions are cloaked indirect expressions in English. Thus, knowing when to use euphemisms and when not to use euphemisms may present special problems for you. To deal with these issues, study the documents in your workplace and read well-respected news- papers such as The New York Times . Listen to the language used by public speakers and leaders who are held in high esteem. Do not rely on television, entertainers, or sports figures to help you master correct usage. The Least You Need to Know · Use bias-free language. · Avoid doublespeak, including jargon, bureaucratic language, inflated language, and euphemisms. · Nix on clichés, too. · Write simply and directly.