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vernonFL: Where did this happen?Berkeley? Ithaca? Wellesley?Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH? What?
cman: AmigosAmigasAmigosNo lady complains when they are included in "amigos" concerning a collective group.Its not all about sexism, it is about linguistics.Lets look at the etymology of the word "man"From Middle English man, from Old English mann ("human being, person, man"), from Proto-Germanic *mann- ("human being, man"), probably from Proto-Indo-European *man- ("man") (cf. also *men- ("mind"). Cognate with West Frisian man, Dutch man, German Mann ("man"), Norwegian mann ("man"), Russian муж (muž, "male person"), Avestan 𐬨𐬀𐬥𐬱 (manuš), Sanskrit मनु (manu, "human being").While the word "man" to describe humans collectively is certainly going out of style, even today the word still retains that meaning./However, other Germanic languages have moved on to use "mensch" or something similar (cognate in English is obsolete "mannish") instead of using "man" in a collective sense//English, however, is really one farked up language///Stop making stupid things into big farking problems
Arkanaut: Or you could just say "people".
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