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Slate to stop referring to NFL team as 'Redskins'

Thursday - 8/8/2013, 12:11pm  ET

UPDATE: Thursday - 8/9/2013, 7:18pm ET

WASHINGTON - Two more publications have said they will no longer use the name Redskins when referring to Washington's NFL team.

Mother Jones said Friday that it would stop using the controversial moniker and The New Republic's editor tweeted its announcement Thursday.

Slate says it will not call the Washington NFL team the ''Redskins.'' (WTOP File).

EARLIER: Thursday - 8/8/2013, 12:11pm ET

WASHINGTON - The Washington Redskins' controversial name will no longer be used by one national publication.

Slate editor David Plotz said Thursday the online magazine will no longer call the team the "Redskins" because while the name "is only a bit offensive, it's extremely tacky and dated like an old aunt who still talks about 'colored people' or limps her wrist to suggest someone's gay."

Despite the controversy surrounding the team's name, owner Daniel Snyder has said it will not change. In May, he told USA Today the team will "never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER you can use caps."

Slate joins the ranks of other publications that don't call the team the "Redskins." Washington City Paper, writers from The Buffalo News and Philadelphia Daily News and others don't use the moniker. In the past, WTOP didn't say the team's name either a policy that has since changed.

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Slate says its stance is aimed at changing how people talk and think.

"If Slate can do a small part to change the way people talk about the team, that will be enough," Plotz wrote.

Slate is owned by The Washington Post Co., which just sold the Post newspaper to Amazon's Jeff Bezos. The Washington Post is one of the leaders in Redskins coverage and addresses the team by its name.

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