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He? She? No--It

2:04 PM, Mar 18, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
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Overrunning the asylum, European Union thought police have issued a pamphlet to members of parliament containing guidelines for the gender-neutral-speak that will from now on be the required language of that august body. Members will no longer be permitted to use such repulsively sexist appellations as Miss or Mrs., Frau, or Fraulein, Madame or Mademoiselle--you get the picture. Nor will the EU secretary general countenance "man-made," "headmistress," "statesman," or "policewoman," among other abhorrences. Sputtered one outraged Scottish Tory: "We will soon be told that the use of the words ‘man' or ‘woman' has been banned in case it causes offence to those who consider 'gender neutrality' an essential part of life." Can he--oops, I mean, it--be very far off the mark?