Talking About People: A Guide to Fair and Accurate Language

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Anyone who works with words and people will want to keep this indispensable guide close at hand. In her highly entertaining style, best-selling author Rosalie Maggio offers thousands of alternatives for outdated, stereotypical, and damaging language. This substantially updated and expanded version of Maggio's earlier work, The Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage, also covers numerous words and phrases that were not even part of our language five years ago. This handy reference guide merits a place next to the dictionary and thesaurus of all who are sensitive to the use of fair and accurate language. It will help them make an informed judgment when choosing words to describe people in terms of their age, sex, employment, economic status, religion, lifestyle, ethnic background, or disability.

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..."an excellent thesaurus of non-sexist, non-offensive alternatives for your thesis or journal article. If you have ever agonized over the correct way to "talk about people" this book is a valuable addition to your bookshelf....also fantastic for those like me who want to trace the evolution of word usage, or just want to browse through the history of our culture, as expressed by how we talk about one another....I highly recommend Talking About People. This volume should be on the shelves and required reading at every board meeting of Texaco, Denny's, or American Airlines. Take a look at Talking About People, you'll enjoy it."-The Library Letter

"Recommended for all libraries lacking a source on bias-free language."-Library Journal

..."the book itself is very good....Useful for both reference and casual reading."-CHOICE

"This book is a must-have for not only libraries and writers, but for all people who deal with the spoken language."-The Pocono Record

"It's the best of three recent books for writers, speakers and civilized civilians....Talking About People belongs at our desks."-Between the Times

"Maggio....recognizes more than ever that gender bias and cultural assumptions can adversely affect not just women, but also men."-Rettig on Reference

"Given the breadth of coverage and its highly accessible style, this reference should be added to all high school, collegiate, and public library collections."-ARBA

"Talking About People accomplishes its stated goals of informing and guiding the use of people language in the United States as it approaches the millenium.... Recommended for public and undergraduate libraries."-Counterpoise

"This book dives deeply into the treacherous waters of the language usage guidelines often belittled as politically correct but regarded by others as having a powerful impact on perception....The thoughtful, sometimes humorous volume might be enjoyed by anyone interested in language, including writers, teachers and students. It's full of intruiging tidbits."-Quest Publication of the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc.

?Recommended for all libraries lacking a source on bias-free language.?-Library Journal

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In this reference guide, Rosalie Maggio offers thousands of alternatives for outdated, stereotypical and damaging language. This substantially updated and expanded version of Maggio's earlier work, "The Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage", also covers numerous words and phrases that were not even part of our language as little as five years ago. This reference guide should merit a place next to the dictionary and thesaurus of all who are sensitive to the use of fair and accurate language, helping them make an informed judgement when choosing words to describe people in terms of their age, sex, employment, economic status, religion, lifestyle, ethnic background or disability.

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