In my opinion, any language is a living tool that reflects the current culture and mindset of its native speakers.
There is a well-known anecdote about 50 words to describe snow in Aleuts language, which is actually a myth. But anyway any language follow the society needs and adapts in no time.
I am going to write a series of the posts about words that are interesting for me. (Even though whatever I want to write a series I always fail).
There are many reasons why language adapts, for instance
– When you prohibit people call a spade a spade, they have to invent a new way to use the same notion, “person of color” for example.
– Sometimes people have to create new words just to please some group. The vast amount of invented feminitives is a good example.
Politcorrectness and feminism are two mainstreams in U.S. society as it seems to me, that’s why they must have the significant impact on the language.
I want to illustrate both my today’s words with two short videos.
First one from a brilliant show Silicon Valey.
Actually, in it, Erlich mentioned both my chosen words mansplaining and condensing.
I’ve never heard the second one in a live dialogue before we started to discuss the appropriate form of giving your opinion for code-review on my job.
I didn’t understand it at first, so I had to google it and run into another video.
But the problem with the video for me that it marked “wrong” behavior but not presenting the right one. That’s why I have a few questions for you.
– How would you continue the last video? Give me the right way of saying “you were supposed to have known this and that if you came here.”, please.
– Is there a mirrored word for Mansplaining? Something for marking a process when a woman explain something to a man, and he is already aware of it.
– Why do we need a particular word to label the gender of a speaking person? As far as I know, we use “tell” and “say” with “mantell” and “womensay”, what is the difference with the previous case?