26/04/17 Chair, Chairman, Chairwoman, and Chairperson

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Since the mid-17th century, chair has been regarded as the best gender-neutral choice. Avoid chairperson. The sex-specific terms might seem acceptable to some. But when the sentence is “We need to elect a­ –,” you can understand how –man and –woman suffixes become objectionable.

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