Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Wash. state considers gender-neutral language bill‏

The old Leftist belief in verbal magic.  They think that changing the word changes your attitude to what it represents:   Childish and wrong

In Washington state, dairymen, freshmen and even penmanship could soon be things of the past. Over the past six years, state officials have engaged in the onerous task of changing the language used in the state's copious laws, including thousands of words and phrases, many written more than a century ago when the idea of women working on police forces or on fishing boats wasn't a consideration.

That process is slated to draw to a close this year. So while the state has already welcomed "firefighters," ''clergy" and "police officers" into its lexicon, "ombuds" (in place of ombudsman) and "security guards" (previously "watchmen,") appear to be next, along with "dairy farmers," ''first-year students" and "handwriting."

The final installment of Washington state's bill already has sailed through the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee with unanimous approval. The nearly 500-page bill has one more committee stop scheduled before full Senate debate.

Words like "manhole" and "manlock" aren't so easily replaced, he said. Substitutes have been suggested — "utility hole" and "air lock serving as a decompression chamber for workers." But Thiessen said those references will be left alone to avoid confusion.



Anonymous said...

It's the words "woman" and "women" that should be abolished as they discriminate against the female gender as unnecessary variants of "man" and "men" meaning members of the human race whatever the gender.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:56, to the PC whack-job, your assessment is 100% spot on.

And don't even try to replace them with "person" because it contains "son" us obviously too male.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget that huMAN is also unacceptable. (tongue planted firmly in cheek)

Bird of Paradise said...

More of this PC nonsense for the usial buricratic idiots to lay down new stupid rules on the residents. Looks like the inmates are running the assilum

Malcolm Smith said...

How many times have you heard someone say, "The mail delivery officer hasn't arrived yet"?
Most of us couldn't care less if our mail is delivered by a man, a woman, or a robot, but in the real world nobody calls him/her/it anything but "mailman" or "postman".

Anonymous said...

1:16 - you must be correct! Ha Hah!

Anonymous said...

The whole legislature should be removed for wasting taxpayers money on bullshit like this. How about a new term for legislature asshole.