Banned CDC Words Feature

Sarah Salway

Unconditional Dependence   The New Government announce that all categories of love now need to be evidence-based in order to guarantee full citizen rights. Parental love is top of the list. My mother starts searching through old photographs on her…
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David Drury

The Pink Balloon My daughter chooses blue, but the balloon man talks her into pink. A helium-filled latex teardrop bouncing at the end of a long string at the end of a long afternoon brining in the smells of the…
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Nod Ghosh

Laboratory It’s quiet in the laboratory today, so I do some paperwork. The office has made a code for thingy-maternal hemorrhage kits, so I can order one without typing the f-word. Without appropriate testing and treatment, pregnant women might develop…
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Robert John Miller

FROM THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION KEYNOTE, 2050 ANNUAL CONFERENCE   Remember, no one uses the term “fetuses” anymore. Call them “man-babies.” It makes people think of themselves, remembrance of times past and all that. Like, them as little kids, babies…
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Dan Crawley

The Word Is Diversity   I’m sitting with my mother this morning at the rehab hospital. She is learning how not to be so vulnerable, using a walker, working at not dragging her leg after her like a heavy sack,…
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