Signs That the End Is Near
I understand political correctness, after all I used to be a City Councilor for the City of Bangor along time ago. I say Happy Holidays at Christmas time because I have many Jewish friends. If someone says Merry Christmas to me, I respond in kind. Maine went through a renaming of places because they wanted to get rid of the word "squaw" which is extremely offensive to Native Americans. I understand all that.
But I don't understand what they just did in the state of Washington. There's no more penmanship in Washington State. It's now called handwriting. Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law on Monday the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary, replacing terms such as "fisherman" and "freshman" with "fisher" and "first-year student." The new gender-neutral references, for example, include "journey-level plumber" instead of "journeyman plumber," "handwriting" in place of "penmanship," and "signal operator" for "signalman." "There's no good reason for keeping our legal terms anachronistic and with words that do not respect our current contemporary times," said state Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles of Seattle. Several words, however, aren't easy to replace. The state likely won't change the words "airmen" and "seaman," for example, because of objections by the state's Washington Military Department. And civil engineering terms such as "man hole" and "man lock," also will not be changed because no common-sense substitutes could easily be found. The bill passed the Democrat-controlled state House 70-22 on April 9 and unanimously cleared the state Senate on February 8 before being signed by the governor.
I mean seriously we need to do away with penMANship? Good thing we are keeping man hole. Watch out.. don't fall in that open person hole?
Sigh.... I'll crawl back into my mancave :)