Say This, Not That.

Sometimes, we say things that are hurtful. Here’s what to say instead.

Yi Shun Lai

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“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…

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Yi Shun Lai

Author: A SUFFRAGISTS’S GUIDE TO THE ANTARCTIC (2024), Pin Ups (2020). Former columnist, The Writer. theGooddirt.org Psst: Say “yeeshun.” You can do it!