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The Power of Words and Tone

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the significance of speaker, audience and context on the meaning of words.
  • To recognize four problematic areas of word choice: Otherness words, politicized words, judgment words and code words.
  • To learn three tools to become more attuned to word choice and tone: The Blab Test, challenging sources and the Language Self-Check.

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Additional Exploration Exercises

Setting the Right Tone when Reporting on People with Disabilities

Speaker, Audience and Context

Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Loaded Language


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