I am a graphic designer working at a university. My clients and colleagues are not informed on design terminology and using the term native file is often met first with a negative emotional response because it sounds like a racial slur to many people of this demographic. I am torn because, although I sympathize with this stance and don’t want to offend anyone, the term native file describes a very specific thing in the design world and not using correct terminology feels wrong.
Does anyone know if there is another term for native file that means the same thing? Maybe source file?