48926Re: [Czechlist] Re: Predsedkyne predstavenstva
- May 2, 2012Maybe things will change Liz but "Madame Chairman" is nearly 4 times more common than "Madame Chairwoman" according to Google hits (fairly unscientific method but still...). I think the Canadian Deputy Speaker is out on a bit of a limb.
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Subject: [Czechlist] Re: Predsedkyne predstavenstva
- chairman or chairwoman noun (pl chairmen or chairwomen) 1 somebody who presides over or heads a meeting, committee, organization....
- chairperson noun (pl chairpersons) a chairman or chairwoman
- womankind noun female human beings; women as a whole, esp as distinguished from men.
My super-ancient Merriam-Webster offers only chairman, but I see online they have
- chairwoman: a woman who serves as chairman
As to "Madam Chairman", here's a little entertainment from Canada:
--- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "Tomas Mosler" <tomas.mosler@...> wrote:
> Just out of curiosity - cannot be "-man" understood as a universal/neutral form derived from the meaning of person/human, rather than male? Just like we don't say mankind and womankind? :) Or what makes the difference that "mankind" is still gender neutral?
> --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "Liz" <spacils@> wrote:
> > Hi Matej,
> > IMO, consistency what's most important: either Chairman for males and Chairwoman for females, OR Chairperson for all genders.
> > Chairman for males and Chairperson for females makes my upper lip curl.
> > Another gender-neutral form, "Chair", is used widely (and consistently) in academia.
> > Someone once tried to explain to me that the -man in Chairman is from the Latin "manus" (hand), making "Chairman" gender-neutral, but that seems to be one of those popular urban myths...
> > Cheers
> > Liz
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