[Ads-l] Clark University students told they can't say 'you guys' because it might be sexist | Daily Mail Online

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 9 21:23:28 EDT 2016


On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 8:54 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Word of the day is "microaggression". It's the Daily News [sic], but the
> report
> isn't inaccurate, just sensationalized.
>
> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3779932/College-
> students-told-t-say-guys-sexist-t-ask-Asian-strangers-help-math.html


This is a rehash of a New York Times article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/07/us/campuses-cautiously-train-freshmen-against-subtle-insults.html

Since microaggressions are old hat, I'd say the most interesting lexical
item here is "microinvalidation" -- a subspecies I had not previously
encountered.

--bgz

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