CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

From The Washington Post:

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.

Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.

  • Nina

    All I can think of is Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words You Can’t Say On Television”. I wish he were still alive to comment on the current bullshit.

    • Sarah Rocklin

      That’s a happier thought than mine…I just keep thinking “1984….1984….”

  • Bullseye

    There’s a word I’m thinking of for these people,
    which strangely isn’t on their list.

  • Sarah Rocklin

    At this point, I would not be at all surprised to see Trump attempt to ban the letters O, B, A, and M from the alphabet.