Say This, Not That.

“That’s just crazy.”

“How lame.”

“I got gypped.”

You may not know it yet, but these common idioms can be deeply hurtful for folks who suffer from mental health issues; folks who are disabled, and people of Romani descent, respectively. And yet, these phrases are common parlance in English. (We’ve all used them, or something like them, before.) You might be tempted to feel defensive about using them, or…



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Yi Shun Lai

Yi Shun Lai


Author: A SUFFRAGISTS’S GUIDE TO ANTARCTICA (2024), Pin Ups (2020). Columnist, The Writer mag.; @gooddirt. Psst: Say “yeeshun.” You can do it!