freshman and freshwoman

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Fujibei
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freshman and freshwoman

Postby Fujibei » Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:50 am

It seems that "freshman" is used for both male and female first-year college students.
In this age of political correctness, isn't it offensive to female students?
How about "freshwoman?" Is it ever used?

hermit
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Re: freshman and freshwoman

Postby hermit » Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:57 pm

So far "freshwoman" has not come into use - but languages evolve, so it's possible...

Fujibei
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Re: freshman and freshwoman

Postby Fujibei » Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:51 am

Thanks for your info.

clevermae
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Re: freshman and freshwoman

Postby clevermae » Thu Apr 15, 2010 1:51 pm

Well, if it's an informal conversation and you are referring to a woman, just say "freshie". That's what I always do.


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