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re-considering language

association of community design conference 

43 RECENTER 

Often, we utilize vocabulary that includes metaphors, phrases and words that can have roots in violence and racist narratives. While the intention at present use is not always rooted in violence, the nature and existence of a phrase very often can be. This session will facilitate discussion about violence in our language and what we can do collectively to decolonize our working vocabulary. The master bedroom carries a connotation, where primary bedroom or <insert name>’s bedroom do not.

 

In community design, we may feed two birds with one seed, rather than killing with one stone. Daily, we experience these terms in a variety of contexts between work, academia, our lives at home, social settings, and beyond. Unlearning these phrases and replacing them with intention is a practice. Through conversation, we will revisit our vocabularies and identify potential violent histories and undertones. 

 

The first portion of the session is a brief introduction that poses a question relevant to community and social justice designers — Why are we “meta” with the language we use, especially in the sensitive spaces many of us often work within? 

our running list

shoot from the hip

rule of thumb

kill it

conquer

divide and conquer

master bedroom

he / she / him / her

pioneer

history / historical

pow wow

manning

trigger

pull the trigger

placemaking

manhours

homeless

in the pipeline

circle the wagons

straight (direction)

allies

more than 1 way to skin a cat

kill 2 birds with 1 stone

troops on the ground

take a stab

spirit animal

deploy

off the reservation

eeny meeny miney moe

rally the troups

micro aggression

minority

crack the whip

sold down the river

deadline

checkpoint

manpower

beat a dead horse

dodge a bullet

bite the bullet

bootcamp

lazy susan

shoot for...

plantation shutters

unskilled labor

leave him/her/them hanging

cut them loose

alternatives

decisive / reactive

common reference

help it grow / I believe in you

achieve

be strategic / use resources

name bedroom / primary bedroom

they / them

leader / lead

story / past / archival

meeting

providing / being present

prompt

make a decision

placekeeping / placeaffirming / placeactivating

hours

houseless / displaced / unhoused

in process / queue

organize

forward

associates / accomplices / co-conspirators

multiple approaches

feed 2 birds with 1 seed

active team

take a pass

something resonates with you

install / begin

NO USE - REMOVE

NO USE - REMOVE

unite the people / organize

attack / abuse - do not minimize affect 

unjustly underrepresented demographic / name

NO USE - REMOVE

NO USE - REMOVE

milestone

check-in

person power / people power

be repetative / redundant 

avoid

make a decision / be decisive 

training

snack circle 

goal

shutters 

workers / essential / skilled labor / labor

respond

update them