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.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

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

Ralph Phelan said...

I still prefer "Congressthieves"