I'm hoping that using the word "survivor" won't offend anyone. I'm just calling them Hurricane survivors. So far no one has hit me.
Yes. I was sort of seeing the point of not calling them refugees, because "refugees" tends to refer to Third Worlders who tend to have disasters and wars and need to be rescued, but now that I see that this oversensitivity came from Oprah, I may go back to calling them refugees. Just because.
I'm fairly certain that I heard someone from the actual affected area say that s/he didn't want to be called a refugee, because it made him/her feel like a foreigner in his/her own country, but it's lost in the storm of stuff from the last couple of weeks...
Of course, Garrison Keillor (or one of his guests) snarked that they couldn't be called refugees because that would imply that they actually had a refuge to go to. (This was before they were getting what help they are now.)
And what in the world ELSE is there to call a refugee?
For starters: evacuee, survivor... there must be something else. (I should go check my highly-detailed crossword puzzle dictionary.
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Rules for Surviving an Autocracy
Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
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