Man overboard? Name of God the Father goes overboard? Oh Lord, what’s next!
The Church of Sweden now encourages its clergy to use the gender-neutral term “God” . And they suggest that clergy stop referring to the deity as “he” or “the Lord”.
The decision was made on Thursday, wrapping up an eight-day meeting of the church’s 251-member decision-making body. The decision will take effect on May 20 during Pentecost.
It is the latest move by the national Evangelical Lutheran church to modernise its 31-year-old handbook setting out how services should be conducted.
Opps — which of the following might you have mistakenly used this past year? Which other ones do you want to add to the list?
Gender-neutral terms —
Garbage man … how about garbage truck driver?
Man hole … person cover hole?
Forefathers – ancestors, forebears …. how about our ‘foremothers’ begot …?
Gentleman’s agreement – unwritten agreement, agreement based on trust …. three women splitting a lunch bill ?
Girls (for adults) – women
Housewife – shopper, consumer, homemaker (depends on context) … shall we use, he is such a good house-husband?
Manpower – human resources, labour force, staff, personnel, workers, workforce
Man or mankind – humanity, humankind, human race, people
Man-made – artificial, manufactured, synthetic
Man in the street, common man – average/ordinary/typical citizen/person
Right-hand man – chief assistant
Sportsmanship – fairmess, good humour, sense of fair play