Is person-first language all it's cracked up to be? - Dialogue bubbles with "she has bipolar disorder" and "he is bipolar"
Stop the Stigma

Is Person-First Language All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Is there a "right" way to talk about illness and disability? The current popular favourite is person-first language. This really got going in the 1990s, with the American Psychological Association leading the charge. Instead of talking about a "disabled person", person-first language literally puts the person first, as in "person with a disability." This has… Continue reading Is Person-First Language All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

English can be strange - Can you be combobulated? What about gruntled?
Blogging and Writing

English Can Be a Rather Strange Language

English is a strange. Recently I was reading a post by Claudette of Writer of Words, and Angie of King Ben's Grandma had left a comment about how one might use the word combobulated, which presumably exists because you can say someone is discombobulated. I wondered something similar not long ago about disgruntled/gruntled, and apparently,… Continue reading English Can Be a Rather Strange Language

Science Corner

The Use and Misuse of Jargon

Many fields have their own jargon, which Wikipedia describes as "specialized terminology associated with a particular field or area of activity" that often isn't well understand by people outside of that particular field. While jargon can help people within a field communicate precisely, that doesn't necessarily translate well outside of the field. It can be… Continue reading The Use and Misuse of Jargon

Language and mental illness stigma
Stop the Stigma

The Problem with Language Policing

Patrick Corrigan has been my research crush for a number of years now. And what is a research crush, you might ask? I like how his mind works. He's a psychologist and stigma researcher, with lived experience to boot. He's one of the most prolific publishers in academic journals that I've ever come across. His… Continue reading The Problem with Language Policing

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… the Euphemism Treadmill

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the euphemism treadmill. Psychologist and linguist Stephen Pinker coined the term euphemism treadmill in a 1994 article in the New York Times. It refers to a process by which words that are used as a euphemism for… Continue reading What Is… the Euphemism Treadmill

Miscellaneous

The Interesting Ways That We Use Words

As bloggers, we play with words. Some of them are more fun quirky than others. Here are a few of the interesting ways we use words. The pond that separates us Despite speaking the same language, there are a lot of differences between British-speak and American-speaking, with Canadian-speak thrown in there somewhere in between. Blogging… Continue reading The Interesting Ways That We Use Words

The word police: Is committed suicide worth making an issue out of?
Suicide Talk

Is “Committed Suicide” Worth Making an Issue Out Of?

I saw a post recently by another blogger about stigmatizing language to avoid. One of the things he mentioned was "committed suicide," which is something that comes up regularly in discussions of language use related to suicide. Personally, it's not a term I find offensive, although I know some people do, and I choose not… Continue reading Is “Committed Suicide” Worth Making an Issue Out Of?

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
MH@H Community Features, MH@H Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Tori Talks

This post is by Tori Talks. Mental Health Illnesses are NOT Adjectives Do you ever hear these phrases? Have you ever said one yourself? ‘They are acting so bipolar today.’ ‘Sorry, I’m a little OCD.’ ‘You look anorexic.’  ‘She is such a psycho.’  Using mental health illnesses as adjectives can be extremely damaging. We need… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Tori Talks

Merry Christmas traced out on a snowy car window
Society & Social Justice

Is It Wrong To Say Merry Christmas?

It seems like every year there is debate around the "right" thing to say come December.  Some people say it's not politically correct to say "Merry Christmas", and the preferred alternatives might be "happy holidays" or "season's greetings."  Then you've got the Great Pumpkin wanting to obliterate "happy holidays" because it's part of a war… Continue reading Is It Wrong To Say Merry Christmas?