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Posted by Ted ( on October 23, 1999 at 11:21:30:

In Reply to: In total agreement! posted by Pat on October 22, 1999 at 12:53:29:

That said. And one who isn't "politically correct" it still isn't right to say things if you you think that they may offend someone. That's just common courtousy. Remember, I'm the one that had no problem with someone saying we should make a "neo-nazi menu." On the other hand, if the person knew that I would be offended by it, it would have been rude for him to say. And we are such a large and diverse group here that we should take that into account before we post certain things. That isn't to say that a well-intentioned accident won't occur and that we should view that poster as evil. All it is saying is that when we speak, write, whatever, we should take others feelings into consideration with what we say and how we say it. I guess another example would be terms such as "native American." I generally say "Indian" because that's part of my lexicon. But if I know that a member of a tribe that I'm talking to would get offended by the term "Indian," what purpose is there to use it?
A final example. Some people here get miffed by the use of migraine instead of Cluster. I don't. I realize that some people still think that they are the same thing. But I can understand their frustration. This is a group trying to educate ourselves and others about CH and not correcting people when they interchange the words does not inform them personally and by extension, won't let the world know that we even exist. And by extension of the extension, will find it to be tougher to find a cure or new treatment for us. So, what I am trying to say there is that if someone is offended by a given word or phrase, doesn't it behoove us to try to me more accepting of their wishes to use different words? They too may have a reason to feel such offense that we aren't aware of.
OK. SOrry about the long post. I think tomorrow I'll try decaf instead.

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