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Some words need to be 'retired' from our language. Here's my #1 choice.

Some words need to be "retired" from our language. Here's my #1 choice.

Some words need to be 'retired' from our language. Here's my #1 choice.
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When we choose to "use our words," there's one that is a go-to for many people. I hear it when I'm out and about in society. Not among my coworkers or good friends, which is a blessing. But among many others.


People need to be called out when they use this word because it's discrimination. It can mean any number of things that translate to "less than" or other than human. It's usually used as a straight-up insult.

So think hard next time you're tempted to use it, or you hear somebody you love say the word. Try to find a better one, please; our language has tons.

And if you can't think of any, try finding some alternatives.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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