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Thread: Seven Little Words: CDC gets list of forbidden words

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    Beastly Fido Roxxsmom's Avatar
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    I'm a bit confused by this whole thing now, as the Dept of Health and Human Services has vehemently denied proscribing the use of any words. I don't know if they're splitting hairs over the use of the word "banned" in the headlines of some articles when their official statement may not have used that specific word.

    The director of the CDC, Brenda Fitzgerald, vociferously denied the characterization of the words as "banned," saying in a statement "there are no banned, prohibited or forbidden words at the CDC — period."

    But Fitzgerald did not deny that some staff may have been instructed to avoid certain language in key budget documents.
    Of course, dancing around the differences between the meaning of the word "banned" versus "instructed to avoid certain language" is another issue related to word use affecting how people see things.
    Last edited by Roxxsmom; 12-29-2017 at 08:51 AM.
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