Re: offensive language in the game
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2021 05:18:24 -0800 (PST)
The guideline I'd offer is don't try to guess why people act the way
they do. If someone is annoying you, describe what is annoying, rather
than guessing what prompted it.

"I need help handling Ricardo who suddenly shouts at me for seems to
be no reason" rather than "I need help handling Ricardo's [made up


On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 8:05 AM R Philip Dowds via Cohousing-L
<cohousing-l [at]> wrote:
> I’m still not tracking very well (cognitive dysfunction?).  But should I 
> understand that I *can’t* describe someone as having a "personality 
> disorder”, but I *can* describe him/her as “mentally ill”?  (Personally, I 
> don’t like “living with mental illness”, because it implies having made the 
> choice (like living with pets), rather than being afflicted and deserving 
> help.  But maybe that’s just me …)
> Thanks,
> Philip Dowds
> Cornerstone Village Cohousing
> Cambridge, MA 02140
> mobile: 617.460.4549
> email:   rphilipdowds [at]
> > On Mar 7, 2021, at 4:54 PM, Clara Lovatt <claraagnes48 [at]> 
> > wrote:
> >
> > I can't respond definitely because I don't have the game and I'm not sure
> > of the context. (And it sounds like a fun/useful game:)   But generally I
> > find the term 'personality disorder' offensive because  1 -it is a
> > diagnosis, true  - but a diagnosis that in recent years has been questioned
> > as having enough specificity about it to be useful-. and  2 - it is an
> > overused term to mean a whole range of negative things - like the term'
> > crazy'... which is derogative and difficult for someone living with mental
> > illness.  Generally I find that if someone raises a flag on an offensive
> > word - there are others who don't like it as well and may not speak up.
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(The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

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