Tier 2: Strongly Consider Replacing

Sanity check/sanity test

Recommendation donated from the IBM Inclusive IT Language Initiative Words Matter working group


  • sanity test
  • sanity check



  • confidence check
  • coherence check
  • test
  • verification

Unsuitable replacement terms


Rationale for replacement

This term might be derogatory to neurodiverse people. Jargon, such as “sanity test”, is difficult to translate and is difficult to understand by readers whose first language is not English.

Note: The original recommendation via IBM’s Words Matter group included different recommendations, but INI liked Twitter’s recommendations of “confidence check” and “coherence check” and have opted to use them instead.