People-first language, por favor

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“Wesley Bryce hugged his wife, Linda, who is disabled, in their Staten Island condo this week. The Bryces lost the title to their home, and now face eviction.”

On the New York Times? Come ON. You don’t call a person disabled. You say he/she has a disability. It’s understandable that the average person doesn’t use this on a regular basis or doesn’t even know that it’s the appropriate way to refer to people with disabilities, but I think it’s pretty terrible to see it in a major paper, or really any paper.

Pet peeve.


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