The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing

The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing

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Man, he brotherhood, founding fathers. It is argued that such words are and always have been used by educated people to encompass all humanitya€”men and women. Psychological and historical research in the past few years has produced evidence to the contrary: for most people a€œfalse genericsa€ seldom if ever convey a female image, nor are they ancient unchangeable rules of the English grammar that have always been used by the educated. Using hundreds of examples, mostly from published sources, the authors illustrate what certain words are saying to us on a subliminal level. Solutions are supplied that range from word substitutions to suggestions for rewriting. Without a trace of self-conscious righteousness, and with refreshing humor, Miller and Swift provide surprising insights into the English language and the ways in which people use it and are used by it. They demonstrate that to be in command of the language, we must find clear, convincing, and graceful ways to convey our ideas accurately. We must recognize and replace exclusive, distorting, ambiguous, and injurious words.... 69 New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, 30-31 Occupational Outlook Handbook, 37 occupational titles. ... 1 16- 18 reversing conventional, 50, 117-18, 130 Oxford English Dictionary, on: esquire, 133 fellow, 134 fisher and fisherman, anbsp;...

Title:The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing
Author:Casey Miller, Kate Swift
Publisher:iUniverse - 2001-01-01


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