That’s okay, CDC. You might ban 7 words, but you can’t ban writing about the ideas. Who knows, British physician Peter Mark Roget may have even foreseen this day when he published his Thesaurus in 1852. A skilled writer can still create sentences about the 7 concepts without using the verboten words. It’s actually a fun linguistic game. And it brings up some interesting questions, such as: Is CDC cool with “foetus” as a synonym for “fetus”? (It’s an alternative spelling.)
Here’s my stab at it on a rainy day in ATX. Quite frankly, the synonyms for “vulnerable” are so much stronger than the banned word itself. They bring tears to my eyes.
Can you add other ways of saying the 7 words to the list?
SYNONYMS FOR 7 BANNED WORDS AT CDC
diversity = variety, assortment, multiplicity, range, miscellany, mixture, social inclusiveness, discrepancy
fetus = unborn offspring, foetus (another spelling of fetus—Is that allowed?), embryo, developing baby not yet born, fertilized egg, prenatal, antenatal, pre-birth
transgender = epicene, intersexual, transsexual, involving a full or partial reversal of masculinity/femininity
trans = across, on the other side of, beyond, indicating change/transfer/conversion
gender = sexual category/characteristics/role, masculinity/femininity, sex
vulnerable = susceptible, weak, defenseless, helpless, exposed, open to, at risk, in a weak position, without adequate protection, open to attack, liable to increased stakes
entitlement = right, power, prerogative, title, privilege, claim
science-based: grounded in a systematic body of knowledge
science = discipline, knowledge, skill, art, learning, scholarship, study of physical world, systematic body of knowledge, something studied or performed methodically
based = founded, grounded, built, created, constructed, centered, established, main supporting element, fundamental principle
evidence-based: centered on proof
evidence = indication, proof, show, sign, signal, mark, suggestion, statements of witnesses, demonstrate, prove