Identifying Troublesome Language

• Become familiar with types of troublesome language
• Recognize troublesome word choices in your daily life
• Propose alternate word choices or phrases to increase communication competence

For each type of troublesome language named below, locate an example of the troublesome language used in a newspaper, magazine, personal conversation or experience. Describe the circumstances and people involved in the experience. Then, describe an alternate word or phrase that could have been used to improve understanding or prevent damage to the relationship. For examples from newspapers or magazines, cut out the example and attach it to your typewritten description and prescription.

• Clichés
• Euphemisms
• Slang
• Profanity
• Figures of speech
• Jargon
• Regionalisms
• Street Language
• Sexist
• Racist
• Heterosexist

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