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this guideline is a part of the english wikipedia's manual of style.
it is a generally accepted standard that editors should attempt to follow, though it is best treated with common sense, and occasional exceptions may apply. any substantive edit to this page should reflect consensus. when in doubt, discuss first on the talk page.
this page in a nutshell: be cautious with expressions that may introduce bias, lack precision, or include offensive terms. use clear, direct language. let facts alone do the talking.
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there are no forbidden words or expressions on wikipedia, but certain expressions should be used with caution, because they may introduce bias. strive to eliminate expressions that are flattering, disparaging, vague, clichéd, or endorsing of a particular viewpoint.
the advice in this guideline is not limited to the examples provided and should not be applied rigidly. for example, some words have specific technical meanings in some contexts and are acceptable in those contexts, e.g. "claim" in law. what matters is that articles should be well-written and consistent with the core content policies—wikipedia:neutral point of view, wikipedia:no original research, and wikipedia:verifiability. the guideline does not apply to quotations, which should be faithfully reproduced from the original sources; see wikipedia:manual of style § quotations.
if you do not feel you can improve the problematic wording of an article yourself, a template message can be added to draw the attention of others to an article needing a cleanup.
It is a generally accepted standard that editors should attempt to follow, though it is best treated with common sense, and occasional exceptions may apply. Any substantive edit to this page should reflect consensus. When in doubt, discuss first on the talk page.
There are no forbidden words or expressions on Wikipedia, but certain expressions should be used with caution, because they may introduce bias. Strive to eliminate expressions that are flattering, disparaging, vague, clichéd, or endorsing of a particular viewpoint.