Words ending in -man

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Many words ending in -man do not have a common feminine equivalent. Examples are: chairman, fireman, spokesman etc. Since most women dislike being called, for example, chairman or spokesman, these words are now often avoided in references to women. They are also avoided in general references to people of either sex. In many cases, -person is now used instead of man.

In some cases, words ending in -woman are coming into use. Example: spokeswoman.

There is also a move to choose words, which are not gender-marked. Examples are: supervisor instead of foreman, firefighter instead of fireman.

See also

Do and make
Make: special uses
Words ending in -man
May / might ...but
Maybe and may be
Misplace and displace
Much and many
Must in questions and negatives

Just, already and yet

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