Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Across the pond

Over in the United States of America, I read, there is eager work going on to come up with a more gender-inclusive term for first year university students than "freshmen".

Now don't get me wrong, those weird genderified words are throwbacks and moving on from them is all well and good. As the saying goes, "men and women: for when people is too short and too inclusive".

But the conclusion is that the shiny new term should be "first year students". It makes me wonder two things:

First: how the frack is that not already in use?
Second: what's wrong with the genderless "freshers" as used copiously over here and how come that has - by implication - not caught on over there?

Ah well. Two nations divided by a common tongue and all that. 

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