University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point has come up with a list of examples to helpfully inform faculty what turn of phrase, expression or statement might be construed as a microaggression.
Among the gems of advice, don’t compliment any minority for speaking ability or encourage them to work hard to succeed (since both seem to imply that they come from a racial background that’s not very good at either).
My favorite comes at the end. Phrases to avoid:
“Indian giver.” – Which is only offensive if you don’t understand it’s actually a curse on whites who signed treaties with the Indians then turned around and violated them.
“That’s so gay” – Which didn’t come from my generation.
“She welshed on a bet.” – Who knew the Welsh were hypersensitive?