...The following is a checklist of words, many objectionable, that we must be aware of in order to avoid offending and perpetuating stereotypes. This guide defines the preferred word usage and clarifies words that may be used as substitutes. Derogatory or objectionable terms also are listed and are cross is unavoidable -- as in direct quote --- there should be sufficient context so the reader is never in doubt as to why the language was used. Many of the words in this list will offend. The list is not intended to be a guide for the bigot but to alert us that certain words and phrases are simply unacceptable. The list is but a starting point. As social attitudes change and definitions are refined the list must be updated. African: Refers to people or language of a continent, not a country. Of or pertaining to Africa or its people or languages. Do not use as a synonym for black. African-American: Also used for black. Preferred by some, but not universally accepted. May be objectionable to those persons preferring black. Amazon: Used to characterize women as predators of men. Also refers to size. Should be avoided. American Indian: Interchangeable wit Native American. Ask person to determine usage if possible. Use proper tribal name if possible. Such words as "wampum," "warpath," "powwow," "tepee," "brave," "squaw," etc. can be disparaging and offensive. Avoid them. Anglo: Used interchangeably wit white in parts of the country, in others white is preferred. Always capitalized. No hyphen when the word that follows as in lowercase, such as Anglomania, Anglophile, or Anglophobe. Use a hyphen when the word that follows is capitalized: Anglo-American, Anglo-Catholic, Anglo-Indian, or Anglo-Saxon. Arabs: Not interchangeable with Arab-American. Also, Iranians are not Arabs. Articulate: Can be considered offensive when referring to a minority, particularly a black person, and his or her ability to handle the English language. The usage suggests the "those people" are not considered welleducated,articulate, and the like. Asian-American: The preferred generic term for Americans of Asian descent. Be specific when referring to particular Asian-American groups, i.e. Filipino-Americans, Japanese-Americans, and Chinese-Americans. Asian: Not interchangeable with Asian-American. Refers specifically to things or people from Asia. Some Asians regard "Asiatic" as offensive when applied to people. More at: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/flp/confere...araWhite_Different Cultures and Languages.pdf For when you guys run out of words to insult each other with!