Universal gender denotation

@urbandekay (18312)
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?'
2 responses
• Indonesia
5 Feb 07
Hmmmm.... Never heard.... for english is not my not first language. In your opinion, why is that happened? My Opinion? I think the word man referred to person because historically man have more power than woman, so he be the leader
• Indonesia
5 Feb 07
Heheheh sorry for that absurd response
@mcrowl (1050)
• 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.