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The Seven Forbidden Words


No, not the ones George Carlin once observed could not be said on TV (but now are  commonly heard). These come from the Trump administration, which informed the Centers for Disease Control that the following words will not be acceptable when preparing the budget for 2018:








The CDC is a scientific organization. Try writing for that organization without using the words on the list. If you remember the term “newspeak,” from George Orwell’s 1984,  you may be shuddering, as am I. Here is Merriam-Webster’s definition of newspeak:

propagandistic language marked by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings

 In other words, reshaping and restructuring language to suit political ends, and the truth be damned.

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