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SOURCE: CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE
Away with Words
Roughly half the states have taken steps toward using more gender-neutral language in official documents, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But government editors revamping the Washington State code found that some gender-specific terms aren't so easy to replace. Adding a she for every he is simple enough, says lead reviser Kyle Thiessen, but words like manhole have no natural surrogate. Lawmakers in Olympia are considering a bill that would complete the revision even with some men left behind. Other states, like New Mexico, also have gendered-language fixes on the docket.
MEN THAT REMAIN IN THE WASHINGTON CODE
SOME MANLY WORDS AND THEIR REPLACEMENTS