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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/comfortablytrev

Can you change the name of the 50 xp per day coaching level?

Using the term "insane" in this context is ableist.

http://www.disabilityandrepresentation.com/2013/09/14/ableist-language/

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July 4, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Splushkin

I'm sure that in this case it is used as "Astonishingly good or impressive; amazing." https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/insane. So it does not belittle anybody.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdamOlean

Right, it's being used in the context of graded levels of language-learning intensity, related to more specific issues such as dedication/commitment, pacing, and goals, with "insane" being the highest intensity level or regimen that users can commit themselves to. I don't think they're using it as a slur or a pejorative to insult language-learners or anyone else, trying to dissuade them from earning 50 XP or more per day (quite the contrary).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/comfortablytrev

There is no need to use ailments taken from the medical community to praise or insult anyone. It is an ableist use of language.

It's okay to be wrong about this people. Check it out. We can only grow by learning


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

It's not the words that are ableist but the way they are used.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/comfortablytrev

You are exactly right. And that's why having the levels go from Basic, Casual, Regular, Serious, and then "Insane" is ableist. It is using the term "insane" to mean "ridiculous," belittling people who suffer from mental disorders


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/speising

using "unreal" in place of "insane" changes the meaning. the "insane" level implies that you have to be mentally sick to even consider setting this level. "unreal" means that this level does not actually exist. langage matters, and any bans on certain words make the language poorer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Camilla-danesa

comfortablytrev, thank you so much for that link, great points made, and a very thought provoking discussion in the comments.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/comfortablytrev

My pleasure, thank you for the reply


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/George418878

I learned something new and I am 100% in favor of changing it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wyqtor
  • 1973

You know what deeply offends me? These newspeak-y attempts to change our language(s) just because some words might cause offence to someone out there.

I suggest you read 1984 by George Orwell to find out what attempts to change a language so that a spade isn't called a spade anymore could lead to.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/benhamil

I suggest you pick up a book from the 18th century and check out how language has evolved in response to changing social norms.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/comfortablytrev

Well, I've read 1984. Not once did he use bigoted language.

You're probably the type of person who casually uses the N-word, I imagine? If not, why not? It might offend someone, but who cares right?


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