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|Apart from theory and methodology, these pages also contain many facts and data, some with, some without indication of the source. I will be grateful for any corrections, and I hereby express my sincere thanks to those people – too many to be enumerated here – who have helped me improve this site.|
Over the decades, I have not been able to get convinced that adapting one's language to the requirements implied by the above catchphrases yields tangible benefits for human relations. If anybody should feel offended by my use of words like deaf-mute (instead of currently endorsed hearing impaired) and the like, he [sic!] should rest assured that no disparagement is connoted. Quite on the contrary, the use of euphemisms and other “correct” language conveys that the speaker feels there is a problem with the object designated. The use of straightforward terms has no such implications.
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