Opinion: It’s not ‘woke’ — just thoughtful — to use more specific language than ‘you guys

Language is a tool — even, for good and ill, a weapon — and in order for it to be effective, it needs to be consciously deployed. The “invasion of one’s mind by ready-made phrases,” George Orwell wrote nearly 80 years ago in his essay “Politics and the English Language,” “… can only be prevented if one is constantly on guard against them, and every such phrase anesthetizes a portion of one’s brain.”

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