GBA Best Practices: Taboo Words

GBA Resource Collaboration Committee

This Best Practices document identifies words that should be considered “taboo” in professional practice. They are:

• certify
• defend
• determine
• inspect
• monitor
• represent
• safety
• supervise

The six are not necessarily dangerous in and of themselves. How they are used and their context are important. Nonetheless, the consequences of using any one of them improperly can be so severe, many risk managers believe the words should be used only on a carefully considered, by-exception basis.

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