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The English language has been [revolving / evolving] for centuries, if not for millennia. Conversations from the Middle Ages would be almost unrecognisable today. In [particularly / particular] , the use and meaning of vocabulary is in constant [flux / influx] . The British charity Oxfam has issued [the / a] guide that further [pushes / push] for changes in how the language is used, especially by charity workers. Oxfam wants to "decolonise" English, [which / what] it considers to be, "the language of a colonising nation". It said English needs to change "[in / on] order to decolonise our ways [of / to] working and shift power". Oxfam has issued a 92-page "Inclusive Language Guide" to [advise / advice] employees on the use of language "to support everyone to feel empowered to be inclusive [on / in] their work".

Oxfam was [founded / floundered] in 1942 to help alleviate [globally / global] poverty. It now operates in more than 80 countries worldwide. Its new guide recognises the [realism / reality] that English is the [dominance / dominant] language used by charity workers in [firmer / former] British colonies. Oxfam said: "This guide aims to support people who have to work and communicate in the English language as part of this colonial [legacy / legality] ." The guide focuses [on / of] inclusivity for the disabled, the LGBTQIA+ community, migrants, [refugees / refuges] , and others. Suggested language changes include [avoiding / evading] "colonial" phrases like "headquarters" and "mankind". It said the latter word could be viewed as being patriarchal as "it is often misunderstood [was / as] only referring to men".

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