USA Today warns against using 'culturally sensitive words' like aloha, hola, shalom

USA Today published an article Friday wondering, "Is it time to stop saying 'aloha' and other culturally sensitive words out of context?"  Written by David Oliver, an

entertainment, lifestyle and wellness reporter who writes about diversity and inclusion, the article argues that the use of words like "aloha," "hola," and "shalom" could be

harmful to people of other cultures.  "[J]ust because you can say something doesn't mean it's always appropriate," Oliver warned, writing, "If you're not Hawaiian and you

say [aloha], it could come off as mockery." "The use of certain words requires education, knowledge and the foresight to understand when they should – or shouldn't – come

out of your mouth," he continued. RUSSIAN-BRITISH COMEDIAN MOCKS WOKENESS IN OXFORD UNION SPEECH: ‘TRAINED YOUNG MINDS TO FORGET’ "Of course, not all uses of language

outside someone's culture are problematic," he conceded. READ ON THE FOX NEWS APP "Intention matters most. Dropping ‘hola’ or ‘shalom’ to someone you know who speaks

Spanish or Hebrew, for example, isn't something to worry about. Actively don a fake, exaggerated accent and say those words? Therein lies the problem," he continued. He

wrote that saying "ni hao," a Mandarin greeting, to an Asian-American who is not Chinese "could be both othering and a microaggression." ARK. GOV. SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS

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