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09/06/2014 10:35 am ET Updated Sep 17, 2014

You May Not Be Racist, But These Words You Use Every Day Are

Some of your favorite words or phrases might be rooted in bigotry. So if you haven't given much thought to the following sayings, perhaps it's time to start.

In this BuzzFeed video, we are shown words and phrases you might want to note -- so you can stop using them in the future.

For example, did you know the phrase "peanut gallery" is racist toward black Americans? In the video above, "peanut gallery" is defined as "a group of people who criticize, usually by focusing on an insignificant detail." It originates from a time when black Americans were segregated to the upper balcony of theaters and implies these people were "cheap and rowdy."

Apparently, we should all be more critical of the language we use.

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