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Chairman or chairperson?

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OrlandoWoolf Sat 30-Nov-13 13:21:38

What do you use?

DS has been asked to find the plural of Chairman and I feel it could be a teaching tool.

Chairmen? Chairpeople?

ChunkyPickle Mon 02-Dec-13 16:40:51

Right down at the bottom - old English - mid == with, wif == woman - although their definition assumes that a midwife is a woman.

The languages I have familiarity of are all heavily gendered - so you'd be presidente/a etc.

ChunkyPickle Mon 02-Dec-13 16:41:16

Oh, and plurals default to male unless they're all women..

Takver Mon 02-Dec-13 18:49:40

Re more heavily gendered languages: in Spanish many people - admittedly generally of a certain political persuasion grin - use the @ symbol in writing to denote unknown gender (so eg doctor@ )

(Good old Wikipedia says the anarchist A-in-a-circle is also sometimes used, but I've never seen that in practice. )

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