I was surprised today to come across a thread on Next Door which was not just civil but (almost) downright neighborly!

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Specificism: I am coining this as a new category of socially-inacceptable language for 2024. I think it’s high time for us to shine light on an overlooked bias.

What is specificism, you may ask? The use of definite articles, i.e., those the British Council defines as being “ in front of a noun when we believe the listener/reader knows exactly what we are referring to.” Shameful!

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