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Source: Clockwork
Published: May 2020

Inclusive Naming Conventions

Circulated: June 12, 2020

Language is powerful. In our daily work and life, we may unconsciously encourage bias by using words and phrases that have historical context and implications of which we may not be aware.

Biased Phrasing Alternatives
Blacklist / Whitelist AllowList / DenyList
Master / Slave Primary / Replica, Leader / Follower
Brown bags Lunch and learn, Tech Talks
Man hours Hours of effort
Pow wow Huddle, Standup, Discussion
Grandfathered Legacy, Exempt
“Hi Guys” Y’all, Folks
Black / Gray days Blocked / Restricted days
Tribal knowledge Institutional knowledge
Open the kimono Full disclosure, Provide insight into

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