Feb 5 • 25M

Past Master

Should we avoid the word "master" altogether because of its connection with slavery?

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John McWhorter
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The view from the master bedroom in the penthouse of the Clay Jones building in San Francisco, CA.

So many of our words have ugly associations that are particular to a historical time or event. Should we expunge them entirely from our vocabulary? Can we? John weighs in.