This just in: Princeton University in New Jersey no longer has freshmen --- they are now known as first-year students, observes Grumpy Editor.
It’s all part of a national trend toward doing away with man in solo form or contained in a descriptive word, and going gender neutral.
Among other “neutral” changes: substituting ancestors for forefathers and using humanity or people rather than mankind. (But those behind the anti-man policy overlooked the word humanity contains the three banned letters m-a-n.)
Other universities also are pushing for the use of gender neutral or gender inclusive language.
Anything with “man” gets tossed.
Even workmanlike is being thrown out and replaced with skillful.
Replacement words are being used on a variety of occupations that typically include the word “man,” such as businessman, foreman and weatherman.
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A surprise appearance of a life-size statue of a naked Donald Trump appearing in New York City’s Union Square prompted this response from (presumably a straight-faced) parks spokesman:
“NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small.”