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Acceptance, not ‘tolerance’

O.V. Michaelsen
Friday November 02, 2001


Since the 1980s I’ve noticed the apparent misuse of the word “tolerance.” We seem to have forgotten that “tolerate” means “to put up with.” In the words of educator Jane Elliot: “People don’t want to be ‘tolerated’ - they want to be accepted.” 


O.V. Michaelsen