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University Of Michigan’s It Department Suggests Terms Like ‘Picnic’ And ‘Brown Bag’ Are Offensive


A “Words Matter Task Force” at the IT department at the University of Michigan last week released a hefty list of terms it deems offensive and offered alternatives to be used instead. Among the list of offensive terms were “picnic” and “brown bag.”

The list was intended to more “effectively communicate with customers” by using specific language that does not “harm morale” or “inadvertently exclude people from feeling accepted to foment a healthy and inclusive culture.”

The task force said that using inclusive language is “imperative to create a culture where everyone feels welcome, valued, and respected.”

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