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THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2013, 9:08 A.M.

Edit: Wasting Time Neutering Words

In an effort to further neuter-ize society - and waste more tax dollars - Washington state legislators are planning to replace all male-centric words in state laws with gender-neutral alternatives during the next few years. With issues like gun control, rapidly decreasing budgets and health care, revising thousands of words in several hundred laws should not even be an item on the agenda.In recent history, there has been a trend to change some professions to have gender-neutral nouns because of the increase of women in the field - for example, fireman to firefighters and policemen to police officers. Words like these make sense. It is far more cumbersome to say policemen and policewomen than collective police officers. However, when the discussion turns to ombudsmen and freshmen, the neutrality movement has gone too far/Elizabeth Rudd, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Do you think the neutrality movement has gone too far?

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