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Sara Forsey, Staff Writer

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Some of the words that are used in everyday life have started to become restricted through official documents that are going to be sifted through the government for America’s budget in the coming year. The banning of a list of seven words has gained controversy over the past few months, as the government has failed to be impartial towards controversial topics. This list has created problems with writing official documents, degrading certain points of everyday life, and has promoted bigotry among groups of people. It is not only America, though, and many other countries  have begun to ban words from the public. Even though there have been words that have we have all silently agreed not to say, the banning of some of these common words are passed the point of agreement.

President Trump, in the year of 2017, had banned seven specific words to not be put on official documents. The seven-word list is as followed: “vulnerable”, “diversity”, “entitlement”, “transgender”, “fetus”, “evidence-based”, and “science-based”. This has put restrictions on how scientists and doctors can communicate with one another about patients’ choices and conditions. The banning of the words have also showed the political system in a light that is willing to sway to one side other than to keep a neutral standpoint on the whole situation. Examples such as the banning of fetus, showed that they are in favor of pro-life communities who oppose abortion, while the banning of transgender and diversity has made white nationalism promoted through the government.

The banning of words has also jeopardized the studies of the CDC or the “Centers of Disease Control and Prevention”, one that studies different effects of diseases, for an example the disease of Zika which is located on the fetus, as well as having destroyed the health regiments specific to transgender individuals. This has affected LGBTQ+ communities by displaying to many communities that the federal government is trying to get rid the words used to describe  transgender Americans from public health discussions.

Other countries have also banned words as far as not letting the public use the words or be in fear of going to jail for saying the word out loud. One example could be the banning of the phrase of “Polish death camps” in Poland. As Poland has wanted to try and get rid of it’s relations to Nazi’s and World War II. If a person says the collection of words or even offhandedly mentions the World War and Poland’s role in it, that would be thrown in jail for minimum of three years. This has also gained controversy with America, when President Obama had talked about the Polish death camps while in Poland. Even though the people of Poland couldn’t really do anything with President Obama, since he was not a citizen of Poland and not supposed to abide under the Polish government and laws. Yet other countries have also banned words with a more positive light such as in France where they recently banned the pronouns  “she” or “he” so as not to differentiate between men and women. More or less, the general population had opened their arms to this idea, but there are still some people that do not recognize it as productive change and instead as a step backwards.

The effects of banning of words from different nations have caused a lot of controversy as  it has been a challenge for people as America and most parts of the world have become more diverse over the years and more acceptable to multiple groups of people.

 

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Featured image from http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/aussie-words-of-the-year-revealed/news-story/eec8d9e5515ee36c93685d5cc5c5cad4

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/health/cdc-trump-banned-words.html

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/after-cdc-bans-words-like-transgender-gay-rights-ac…

 

https://www.snopes.com/…/trump-administration-bans-cdc-officials-using-certain-wor…

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/12/18/its-not-just-trumps-administration-that-bans-words-european-nations-have-done-it-too/?utm_term=.9a328b3202ed

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cdc-gets-list-of-forbidden-words-fetus-transgender-diversity/2017/12/15/f503837a-e1cf-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.4bb28333d6c9.

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