Synopses & Reviews
Anyone who works with words and people will want to keep this indispensable guide close at hand. In her highly entertaining style, best-selling author Rosalie Maggio offers thousands of alternatives for outdated, stereotypical, and damaging language. This substantially updated and expanded version of Maggio's earlier work, The Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage, also covers numerous words and phrases that were not even part of our language five years ago. This handy reference guide merits a place next to the dictionary and thesaurus of all who are sensitive to the use of fair and accurate language. It will help them make an informed judgment when choosing words to describe people in terms of their age, sex, employment, economic status, religion, lifestyle, ethnic background, or disability.
This book is a must-have for not only libraries and writers, but for all people who deal with the spoken language.The Pocono Record
Maggio....recognizes more than ever that gender bias and cultural assumptions can adversely affect not just women, but also men.Rettig on Reference
...an excellent thesaurus of non-sexist, non-offensive alternatives for your thesis or journal article. If you have ever agonized over the correct way to "talk about people" this book is a valuable addition to your bookshelf....also fantastic for those like me who want to trace the evolution of word usage, or just want to browse through the history of our culture, as expressed by how we talk about one another....I highly recommend Talking About People. This volume should be on the shelves and required reading at every board meeting of Texaco, Denny's, or American Airlines. Take a look at Talking About People, you'll enjoy it.The Library Letter
Talking About People accomplishes its stated goals of informing and guiding the use of people language in the United States as it approaches the millenium.... Recommended for public and undergraduate libraries.Counterpoise
It's the best of three recent books for writers, speakers and civilized civilians....Talking About People belongs at our desks.Between the Times
About the Author
ROSALIE MAGGIO has been a professional writer and editor for 25 years.
Table of Contents
Definition of Terms
Gender Role Words
"Feminine" Word Endings
-Woman, -Man, -Person
"People First" Rule
Women As Separate People
Fellow, King, Lord, Master
How to Make a Fortune With Fair and Accurate Language
Who Controls the Language?
Does It Really Matter?
They've Got to Stop Changing the Language!
What Ridiculous Word Will We Have Next?
But Will It Be Better Writing?
Everybody Is Getting So Sensitive!
Your Help Wanted
Dictionary of Terms