The crusade dumps terms such as 'fisherman', 'freshman' and even 'journeyman plumber' replaced with 'fisher', 'first-year-student' and 'journey-level plumber'. Other nouns like 'clergyman' must be changed to 'clergy.' And 'lineman' becomes 'linegrannie.'
The muttonhead behind the waste of money is Demotard Jeanne Kohl-Welles. Note the hyphenated last name. 'This was a much larger effort than I had envisioned. Mankind means man and woman,' Kohl-Welles complained.
'There's no good reason for keeping our legal terms anachronistic and with words that do not respect our current contemporary times,' Kohl-Welles snorted. Yet Kohl-Welles offered no good reason to spend the money or change the language either.
The military won't allow 'airmen' and 'seaman,' to change, however. And Civil engineering terms such as 'man hole' and 'man lock,' won't become 'she hole' and 'she lock' because that seems somehow wrong.
Other states engaging in the insanity are the blue bastions California, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and oddly Utah.
'Words matter,' said Liz Watson, a National Women's Law Center senior adviser. 'This is important in changing hearts and minds.' Wrong Liz. Mangling long accepted phrases changes nothing and confuses more than clarifies. What the hell is a 'fisher' anyway, will anyone say crab fisher or bass fisher? Except you sandle-wearing femi-goonies? No.