Google's Word of the Day; Prejudice intent or Not?
October 1, 2009 6:30pm CST
Here is Google's word of the day - "Smatter (verb) To talk foolishly. Synonyms: babble, blather, blether, blither Usage: As she smattered on about her recent vacation, I found myself fantasizing about sandy beaches and blue waters." As 'she' smattered I thought to myself; why not 'he' smattered? Why didn't Google's word of the day write; as he/she smattered? It seemed prejudicial to me. Could the writer not bring him/herself to imply that it is possilbe men can smatter too? What do you think?
2 Oct 09
... I think you're reading too much into it. The writer probably just wrote a sentence and used "she" rather than "he" without even thinking about it...it's just an example sentence anyone. It isn't even close to implying that men can't smatter. This is really annoying to me, because I think this is when "political correctness" gets in the way of the actual important things in life. Seriously? Get over it!
2 Oct 09
Will it isn't under my skin or nothing like that. It was just something I wondered as I read. It dawned on me I wonder why he choose to use women in the example instead of a man. Was the writer conscious of this or not? Is there something to this or not? Enquiring minds want to know? Just curious is all!