ugh words whateva
I’ve recently learned that there are a few words I say all the time that are offensive to some people such as “crazy” “dumb” and “lame.” These words can be offensive because they represent long-standing stigmas against mental illness and disability. When people use these words, it can suck a lot for disabled people (/people with disabilities) to hear because it can be a reminder of how part of their identity is stigmatized in society and equated with things that are negative, upsetting, or uncool. This was surprising for me to learn but I think it makes a lot of sense. since I use these words so much and sometimes I feel they so encompass what I’m trying to say, I took a little time poking around on the internet slash my brain to come up with some alternative adjectives that convey the vibes I’m tryna give when I use words like that, but without the ableist connotations. here’s some ideas:
-gnarly (*or even better is the variation ‘gnarls barkley’)
also I found “ill-advised” on thesaurus.com but I thought maybe that one could possibly be sort of shitty too because of the word “ill” being used to mean both sick and wrong/bad??
anyways, I also found a blog post that explains all of this much better than i can and also has lots of great alternative insults/adjectives so take a gander yall