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Tuesday on The Daily Weekly Ellis E. Conklin looked into an effort by state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles to make 100 percent of Washington's Revised Codes

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Comment of the Day: The Paralyzing and Confusing Effects of Rampant Political Correctness

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Tuesday on The Daily Weekly Ellis E. Conklin looked into an effort by state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles to make 100 percent of Washington's Revised Codes gender neutral. Since 2007, the senator has steered through six pieces of legislation which have changed the language of the law -- word by word. If approved, her latest effort, SB 5077, will make the final 29 changes.

But not everyone's wild about what this entails.

As Conklin's post notes:

The last slew of gender neutrality modifications include calling firemen fire tenders, fishermen fishers, ranchmen ranchers and gripmen grip operators.

And as commenter WordsMatter rebuts:

Fire Tender is ridiculous, and not because it's gender neutral. "Tender" connotes caring for or maintaining something. The Coast Guard has an entire class of maintenance vessels called Buoy Tenders and I assure you that their mission is not to eradicate navigational buoys.

Fire Fighter would be a far more compelling choice. But I'll bet at least one hyper-sensitive bureaucrat complained that it sounded too violent. I'm all for gender neutrality, but we should also be aware of the paralyzing and confusing effects of rampant political correctness. When we contort language to the point where our descriptions are no longer accurate, we invite the rolling of eyes.

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