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Washington State Passes Laws to Make More Words Politically Correct

I don’t understand what’s going on here.  I completely understand about being politically correct, but isn’t there a point where you become too PC?  I understand that the English language evolves, however I believe things can be taken a bit to far.  Can’t they?Dictionary

I recently wrote a blog about the “master bedroom” in your house, will now be referred to as the “owners suite.”  Well apparently it doesn’t stop at your house.

According to  Reuters:

Washington state’s governor signed into law on Monday the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary, replacing terms such as

“fisherman” and “freshman” with “fisher” and “first-year student.”

Apparently, freshman, fisherman, and penmanship, are offending to women?

I’m having another shake my head moment.  Really?

I remember being a freshman (in high school or in college) was a right of passage, you had to experience that first hand, but first-year student doesn’t have the same ring to it as freshman.

As for fisherman, every time I hear the term, it makes me think of this bible verse:

Matthew 4:17 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

That has always popped into my head when I hear those words. I don’t know if fisher would have the same effect.  Just now when I typed the word fisher it made me think of mixed nuts and pecans, not fishing.

Maybe, I’m just weird like that, maybe I’m not a huge fan of change, I just don’t get it.

They wanted to change the term “manhole,” as well but, “big giant hole in the ground to get to the sewer” just didn’t have the right sound to it.  And, “people-hole” just sounds to much like “peephole”.

Are these lawmakers taking things to far?


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