Thursday, February 28, 2008

Another favorite Bill Buckley story

During the 1970s a woman member of congress wanted to do away with the traditional usages of “congressman” and “congresswoman.” She favored the gender-neutral “congressperson.”

Buckley didn’t favor her proposal but said he was willing to consider supporting it once the congresswoman, Elizabeth Holtzman, changed her name to Holtzperson.


Anonymous said...

I've always wondered why women don't want to be called wopersons.

Ralph Phelan said...

I still prefer "Congressthieves"