Tag: gender neutral language
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As our colleague Katherine Connor Martin tweeted this week, the Oxford English Dictionary has updated dozens of entries relating to sex and gender, a ‘rapidly changing segment of the English lexicon’: In the latest @oed update, dozens of entries relating to sexual and gender identity were revised, the first phase of a project to revisit […]more
On this Weekly Word Watch, we travel around the world with Canadian coinages and Subsaharan sobriquets – and around the universe with Hawaiian-hailed asteroids. Levidrome Levi Budd, a precocious six-year-old in Canada, noticed there was no name for words that form different words when spelled backwards, as spit makes tips in reverse. So, resourcefully and […]more
In the late 1990s, I attended a conference focused on “those who identify at the male end of the gender spectrum.” At the end of the conference, organizers asked each participant to fill out an exit poll, intended to capture demographic information about conference attendees. In addition to the usual geographic/age-related questions, organizers asked about […]more
With International Women’s Day being celebrated today, journalist and writer Anne Sexton looks at the long and inglorious history of the word ‘slut’, and explains why gender-neutral language is still a hot topic. Is language partially responsible for gender inequality, Miss? In February 2012 the French government banned the term of address mademoiselle from all official […]more