Universal gender denotation
February 5, 2007 2:57pm CST
Do you know that in English 'man' originally meant person. In Anglo-saxon males were 'Wap-men' and women 'Wif-men?'
• New Zealand
5 Feb 07
So calling someone a 'wap' isn't racist after all? LOL. I can't see 'wifmen' taking off, however. It still has too much connection with those dreaded creatures (as far as feminists are concerned) called 'males.' The use of 'man' or 'men' for both men and women was common up until two or three decades ago. Certainly when I was a child/young person, we assumed it meant everybody.