Words & Phrases to Avoid

Not acceptable and cautionary words and phrases:
Able bodied
No African
No Appalachian
No bisexuals
No Chicanos
Colored
No crippled
Empty nesters
No gays
Not for handicap
No HIV
No Indian
Jewish
Female roommate**
Adult community
Agile
No American Indians
No blacks
No children
Congregation
No deaf
English only
Retirees
Golden agers only
Healthy only
No homosexuals
Integrated
Gender
Females only**
Adult living
No AIDS
Asian
No Blind
Chinese
Couple
No disabled
Ethnic references
No group homes
Hindu
No Hungarian
No Irish
Exclusive
Adults only
No alcoholics
No retarded
Muslim
Bachelor pad
Caucasian
Near churches
Couple only
Must be employed
No families
No handicap parking
No Hispanics
No impaired
No Italian
Executive
No Latino
No lesbians
Man only**
Mature individuals
No mentally handicapped
No migrant workers
Landmark reference
No negro
Older person(s)
Parish
Physically fit
No Puerto Rican
School name or district
Secure
Senior housing*
Single person
Sixty-two or older
community*
No Spanish speaking
No supplemental security
income
Traditional neighborhood
Two people
No wheelchairs
Woman (women) only**
Male roommate **
Mature
Mature person(s)
No mentally ill
No military
Nationality
One child
Perfect for… should not
describe people
No play area
Quality neighborhood
Ideal for…should not
describe people
Senior adult community*
Seniors*
Singles only
No unemployed
White
Men only**
Mature couple
No Mexican
Membership approval
required
Mormon temple
Nanny’s room

of persons

One person
Preferred community
Religious references
Retirement home
Secluded
Senior citizens*
Sex or gender**
Single man or woman**
Snowbirds
No students
Near temple
Tranquil setting
Within walking
distance of…
Males only**
White(s) only
Mature complex
No Mexican American
Mosque
Near

of children

No oriental
No Filipinos or
Filipinos Restricted
Safe neighborhood
No section 8
Senior discount
Shrine
Sophisticated
Near synagogue
Description of tenant
Winter/summer visitors
No transgenders
55 and older or housing
for older persons/
seniors*
*Permitted to be used when complex or development qualifies as housing for older persons.
**Permitted to be used only when describing shared living areas or dwelling units used exclusively
as dormitory facilities by educational institutions

Not acceptable and cautionary words and phrases:
Able bodied
No African
No Appalachian
No bisexuals
No Chicanos
Colored
No crippled
Empty nesters
No gays
Not for handicap
No HIV
No Indian
Jewish
Female roommate**
Adult community
Agile
No American Indians
No blacks
No children
Congregation
No deaf
English only
Retirees
Golden agers only
Healthy only
No homosexuals
Integrated
Gender
Females only**
Adult living
No AIDS
Asian
No Blind
Chinese
Couple
No disabled
Ethnic references
No group homes
Hindu
No Hungarian
No Irish
Exclusive
Adults only
No alcoholics
No retarded
Muslim
Bachelor pad
Caucasian
Near churches
Couple only
Must be employed
No families
No handicap parking
No Hispanics
No impaired
No Italian
Executive
No Latino
No lesbians
Man only**
Mature individuals
No mentally handicapped
No migrant workers
Landmark reference
No negro
Older person(s)
Parish
Physically fit
No Puerto Rican
School name or district
Secure
Senior housing*
Single person
Sixty-two or older
community*
No Spanish speaking
No supplemental security
income
Traditional neighborhood
Two people
No wheelchairs
Woman (women) only**
Male roommate **
Mature
Mature person(s)
No mentally ill
No military
Nationality
One child
Perfect for… should not
describe people
No play area
Quality neighborhood
Ideal for…should not
describe people
Senior adult community*
Seniors*
Singles only
No unemployed
White
Men only**
Mature couple
No Mexican
Membership approval
required
Mormon temple
Nanny’s room

of persons

One person
Preferred community
Religious references
Retirement home
Secluded
Senior citizens*
Sex or gender**
Single man or woman**
Snowbirds
No students
Near temple
Tranquil setting
Within walking
distance of…
Males only**
White(s) only
Mature complex
No Mexican American
Mosque
Near

of children

No oriental
No Filipinos or
Filipinos Restricted
Safe neighborhood
No section 8
Senior discount
Shrine
Sophisticated
Near synagogue
Description of tenant
Winter/summer visitors
No transgenders
55 and older or housing
for older persons/
seniors*
*Permitted to be used when complex or development qualifies as housing for older persons.
**Permitted to be used only when describing shared living areas or dwelling units used exclusively
as dormitory facilities by educational institutions