2018-02-18 21:03:54 UTC
Why English isn't as sexist as some feminists claim
1. She doesn't come from a patriarchal conspiracy to add s+he.
She evolved from ProtoGermanic seo meaning that/ there. He evolved from a word meaning this/ here.
2. Woman doesn't come from wo+man.
Man meant human, not male human. Werman meant male human and wifman meant female human. Wifman changed to woman.
I add: If males were vermin, then English WAS sexist:->
3: Female doesn't come from fe+male
Male comes from Old French masle meaning masculine. Female comes from Old French famella meaning young woman.
4. Human doesn't come from hu+man
Human comes from ghomon meaning earthly being as distinct from a heavenly being like a god.
5. Person doesn't come from per+son
Person comes from Latin persona which comes from Etruscan phersu meaning mask. Masks gave identity to theater performers; a single actor could wear multiple masks to play multiple roles (personae in Latin).
I add: Is fake etymology as bad as fake news?