Dear Valued BNT-2/BDAE-3 Customer:We are replacing Item 48 (noose) in your Boston Naming Test—Second Edition Stimulus Book.
While the existing item is psychometrically sound, it is racially and culturally inappropriate. As a result, we are encouraging customers to replace Item 48 with the sticker upgrade kit. We have chosen to replace rather than drop Item 48 to maintain the current maximum 60 possible points. The new item is "boomerang". The rationale for the new items is as follows:
1. It is a multisyllabic word. Word length is a lexical factor that positively correlates with word finding difficulties. Multisyllabic words are long words and thus helpful in drawing out word finding difficulties in inaccurate namers who have difficulty retrieving the complete phonological sequence of long words (commonly known as a twist of the tongue).
2. The target word resides in a low density or sparse neighborhood (few phonological neighbors [words that sound similar to the target word]). Individuals with word finding difficulties have more difficulty with words from sparse neighborhoods.
3. It is a low frequency word. Individuals with word finding difficulties have more difficulty with low frequency words.If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.