Inclusionary: A collection of gender-inclusive solutions

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The Inclusionary contains a list of gendered words, along with suggestions for inclusive solutions. It was designed to provide writers, editors and translators with a starting point for writing inclusively in English, in accordance with the techniques outlined in the Guidelines for Inclusive Writing.

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anchorman; anchorwoman (noun)

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An anchorman usually has years of experience as a reporter.

  • An anchor usually has years of experience as a reporter.
  • An anchor person usually has years of experience as a reporter.

B

boyfriend (noun)

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You may invite your boyfriend to accompany you.

  • You may invite your partner to accompany you.
  • You may invite your significant other to accompany you.

brother (noun)

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The child was picked up from school by an older brother.

  • The child was picked up from school by an older sibling.

brotherhood (noun)

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Attendees enjoyed the feeling of brotherhood at the event.

  • Attendees enjoyed the feeling of camaraderie at the event.
  • Attendees enjoyed the feeling of comradeship at the event.
  • Attendees enjoyed the feeling of friendship at the event.
  • Attendees enjoyed the feeling of solidarity at the event.
  • Attendees enjoyed the feeling of togetherness at the event.
  • Attendees enjoyed the feeling of kinship at the event.
  • Attendees enjoyed the feeling of harmony at the event.
  • Attendees enjoyed the feeling of oneness at the event.

businessman; businesswoman (noun)

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A businesswoman or businessman needs strong leadership skills.

  • A business person needs strong leadership skills.
  • A business executive needs strong leadership skills.
  • A business leader needs strong leadership skills.
  • An entrepreneur needs strong leadership skills.

Businessmen will have to pay closer attention to supply chain issues.

  • Business people will have to pay closer attention to supply chain issues.
  • Business leaders will have to pay closer attention to supply chain issues.
  • Entrepreneurs will have to pay closer attention to supply chain issues.
  • The business community will have to pay closer attention to supply chain issues.
  • The business world will have to pay closer attention to supply chain issues.

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cameraman; camerawoman (noun)

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The cameraman must know all the features of the camera.

  • The camera operator must know all the features of the camera.
  • The videographer must know all the features of the camera.

The cameramen adjust their equipment.

  • The camera crew adjusts its equipment.

cattleman; cattlewoman (noun)

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A cattleman works long hours outdoors.

  • A cowhand works long hours outdoors.
  • A cowherd works long hours outdoors.
  • A cattle attendant works long hours outdoors.

The program helps cattlemen and cattlewomen when prices drop.

  • The program helps cattle owners when prices drop.
  • The program helps cattle ranchers when prices drop.
  • The program helps cattle farmers when prices drop.

chairman; chairwoman (noun)

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The chairwoman usually makes some opening remarks.

  • The chair usually makes some opening remarks.
  • The chairperson usually makes some opening remarks.
  • The convenor usually makes some opening remarks.
  • The facilitator usually makes some opening remarks.
  • The moderator usually makes some opening remarks.

chambermaid (noun); cleaning lady (noun phrase); maid (noun)

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The resort will be hiring chamber maids.

  • The resort will be hiring a housekeeping team.
  • The resort will be hiring a housekeeping crew.
  • The resort will be hiring housekeeping staff.
  • The resort will be hiring cleaning staff.
  • The resort will be hiring a cleaning crew.
  • The resort will be hiring a cleaning team.
  • The resort will be hiring staff to clean rooms.
  • The resolt will be hiring a crew to clean rooms.
  • The resort will be hiring a team to clean rooms.
  • The resort will be hiring cleaners.
  • The resort will be hiring room cleaners.

Cleaning ladies must clean floors and replace dirty linen.

  • Cleaners must clean floors and replace dirty linen.
  • House cleaners must clean floors and replace dirty linen.
  • Housekeepers must clean floors and replace dirty linen.
  • A cleaning crew must clean floors and replace dirty linen.
  • A cleaning team must clean floors and replace dirty linen.

comedienne (noun)

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A comedienne can often find work in writing.

  • A comedian can often find work in writing.
  • A comic can often find work in writing.
  • An entertainer can often find work in writing.

common man (noun phrase)

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The concerns of the common man must be addressed in every federal budget.

  • The concerns of the average person must be addressed in every federal budget.
  • The concerns of the common person must be addressed in every federal budget.
  • The concerns of the ordinary person must be addressed in every federal budget.
  • The concerns of the average citizen must be addressed in every federal budget.

councilman; councilwoman (noun)

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A councilwoman must maintain a good rapport with constituents.

  • A city councillor must maintain a good rapport with constituents.
  • A councillor must maintain a good rapport with constituents.
  • A council member must maintain a good rapport with constituents.

The councilmen voted in favour of the by-law.

  • The city councillors voted in favour of the by-law.
  • The councillors voted in favour of the by-law.
  • The council voted in favour of the by-law.
  • City council voted in favour of the by-law.
  • The members voted in favour of the by-law.
  • The by-law was adopted.

cowboy; cowgirl (noun)

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For a cowboy, leather gloves are an essential clothing item.

  • For a cowhand, leather gloves are an essential clothing item.
  • For a cowherd, leather gloves are an essential clothing item.

craftsman; craftswoman (noun)

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A local craftswoman created the award.

  • A local artisan created the award.
  • A local craftsperson created the award.
  • A local artist created the award.

craftsmanship (noun)

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The craftsmanship displayed in this carving is exceptional.

  • The artisanship displayed in this carving is exceptional.
  • The artistry displayed in this carving is exceptional.
  • The expertise displayed in this carving is exceptional.
  • The skill displayed in this carving is exceptional.
  • The technique displayed in this carving is exceptional.

crewman (noun)

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The crewman recorded an anomaly in the log.

  • The crew member recorded an anomaly in the log.
  • A member of the crew recorded an anomaly in the log.
  • One of the crew recorded an anomaly in the log.

Crewmen must conduct flight tests.

  • Crew members must conduct flight tests.
  • The crew must conduct flight tests.
  • Personnel must conduct flight tests.

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daughter (noun)

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Parents must accompany their daughter.

  • Parents must accompany their child.

The parents are visiting their daughter in Calgary.

  • The parents are visiting their eldest in Calgary.
  • The parents are visiting their youngest in Calgary.
  • The parents are visiting their middle child in Calgary.

doorman; doorwoman (noun)

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The doorman opened the door for guests.

  • The doorperson opened the door for guests.
  • The door attendant opened the door for guests.
  • The doorkeeper opened the door for guests.
  • The commissionaire opened the door for guests.

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father (noun)

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Several fathers helped with the renovations.

  • Several parents helped with the renovations.

fatherhood (noun)

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Fatherhood involves both privileges and responsibilities.

  • Parenthood involves both privileges and responsibilities.
  • Parenting involves both privileges and responsibilities.

female doctor (noun phrase)

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A female doctor responded to the request for help.

  • A doctor responded to the request for help.
  • A physician responded to the request for help.
  • A medical practitioner responded to the request for help.

fireman; firewoman (noun)

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The fireman rescued the child from the burning building.

  • The firefighter rescued the child from the burning building.

fisherman; fisherwoman (noun)

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A good fisherman must have a variety of lures.

  • A good angler must have a variety of lures.
  • A good fisher must have a variety of lures.

Commercial fishermen and fisherwomen must be licensed.

  • Commercial fishers must be licensed.

forefathers (noun)

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Our forefathers established a great nation.

  • Our ancestors established a great nation.
  • Our forebears established a great nation.
  • Those who have gone before us established a great nation.

foreman; forewoman (noun)

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The foreman is tasked with maximizing the crew’s efficiency.

  • The team leader is tasked with maximizing the crew’s efficiency.
  • The crew leader is tasked with maximizing the crew’s efficiency.
  • The foreperson is tasked with maximizing the crew’s efficiency.
  • The supervisor is tasked with maximizing the crew’s efficiency.
  • The shift supervisor is tasked with maximizing the crew’s efficiency.

The foreman of the jury announced the verdict.

  • The foreperson of the jury announced the verdict.
  • The head juror announced the verdict.
  • The presiding juror announced the verdict.

founding fathers (noun)

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The founding fathers of the program received an award.

  • The founders of the program received an award.
  • The architects of the program received an award.
  • The creators of the program received an award.
  • The inventors of the program received an award.
  • The authors of the program received an award.
  • The organizers of the program received an award.
  • The designers of the program received an award.
  • The originators of the program received an award.
  • The initiators of the program received an award.
  • Those who founded the program received an award.
  • Those who created the program received an award.
  • Those who invented the program received an award.
  • Those who authored the program received an award.
  • Those who organized the program received an award.
  • Those who designed the program received an award.
  • Those who initiated the program received an award.

fraternal twins (noun phrase)

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Two sets of fraternal twins were born last week.

  • Two sets of non-identical twins were born last week.
  • Two sets of dizygotic twins were born last week.

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gateman; gatewoman (noun)

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The gateman checked visitors’ passes.

  • The gate attendant checked visitors’ passes.
  • The gatekeeper checked visitors’ passes.
  • The gate guard checked visitors’ passes.
  • The guard at the gate checked visitors’ passes.
  • The attendant at the gate checked visitors’ passes.

girlfriend (noun)

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You may bring your girlfriend to the event.

  • You may bring your partner to the event.
  • You may bring your significant other to the event.

goddaughter (noun)

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The client’s goddaughter attended the meeting.

  • The client’s godchild attended the meeting.

godfather (noun)

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The godfather must be present at the ceremony.

  • The godparent must be present at the ceremony.

godmother (noun)

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Being invited to be a godmother is an honour.

  • Being invited to be a godparent is an honour.

godson (noun)

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The couple’s godson won the Governor General’s Gold Medal.

  • The couple’s godchild won the Governor General’s Gold Medal.

granddaughter (noun)

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The client’s granddaughter attended the meeting.

  • The client’s grandchild attended the meeting.

grandfather (noun)

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The child’s grandfather will pick the child up from school.

  • The child’s grandparent will pick the child up from school.

grandmother (noun)

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The children’s grandmother will be granted custody.

  • The children’s grandparent will be granted custody.

grandson (noun)

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The woman’s grandson has power of attorney.

  • The woman’s grandchild has power of attorney.

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handyman; handywoman (noun)

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I hired a handyman to do odd jobs around the house.

  • I hired a handyperson to do odd jobs around the house.
  • I hired a repairperson to do odd jobs around the house.

husband (noun)

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Please provide your husband’s social insurance number.

  • Please provide your spouse’s social insurance number.
  • Please provide your partner’s social insurance number.
  • Please provide your life partner’s social insurance number.
  • Please provide your significant other’s social insurance number.

I

insurance man; insurance woman (noun phrase)

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Our insurance man explained the details of the policy.

  • Our insurance agent explained the details of the policy.
  • Our insurance broker explained the details of the policy.

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jack-of-all-trades; jill-of-all-trades (noun)

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A jack-of-all-trades can fix anything around the home.

  • A handyperson can fix anything around the home.
  • A repairperson can fix anything around the home.

juryman, jurywoman (noun)

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A juryman is selected at random.

  • A juror is selected at random.

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ladies and gentlemen (phrase)

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Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for attending today’s presentation.

  • Colleagues, thank you for attending today’s presentation.
  • Friends, thank you for attending today’s presentation.
  • Thank you all for attending today’s presentation.
  • Thank you, everyone, for attending today’s presentation.

landlady; landlord (noun)

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The landlady arranged for the repairs.

  • The owner arranged for the repairs.
  • The property owner arranged for the repairs.
  • The lessor arranged for the repairs.
  • The proprietor arranged for the repairs.
  • The real estate owner arranged for the repairs.

layman (noun)

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Even a layman can easily understand this explanation.

  • Even a layperson can easily understand this explanation.
  • Even a nonexpert can easily understand this explanation.
  • Even a nonprofessional can easily understand this explanation.
  • Even a nonspecialist can easily understand this explanation.
  • Even a neophyte can easily understand this explanation.
  • Even an inexperienced person can easily understand this explanation.

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maiden (adjective)

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Your maiden name must appear on the application.

  • Your birth name must appear on the application.
  • Your name at birth must appear on the application.

Canadarm2 will undock the spacecraft on its maiden voyage.

  • Canadarm2 will undock the spacecraft on its first voyage.
  • Canadarm2 will undock the spacecraft on its initial voyage.

mailman; mailwoman (noun)

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A mailman walks several kilometres in a day.

  • A mail carrier walks several kilometres in a day.
  • A letter carrier walks several kilometres in a day.

maintenance man; maintenance woman (noun phrase)

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The maintenance man fixed the leaking pipe.

  • The caretaker fixed the leaking pipe.
  • The custodian fixed the leaking pipe.
  • The janitor fixed the leaking pipe.
  • The superintendent fixed the leaking pipe.

male nurse (noun phrase)

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A male nurse accompanied the patient.

  • A nurse accompanied the patient.

man (noun)

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Every man has certain basic rights.

  • Every person has certain basic rights.
  • Every individual has certain basic rights.
  • Every human being has certain basic rights.
  • All people have certain basic rights.
  • Everybody has certain basic rights.
  • Everyone has certain basic rights.

Man went from horse-drawn carriages to space flight in a single century.

  • Humanity went from horse-drawn carriages to space flight in a single century.
  • Humankind went from horse-drawn carriages to space flight in a single century.
  • The human race went from horse-drawn carriages to space flight in a single century.
  • Humans went from horse-drawn carriages to space flight in a single century.
  • Human beings went from horse-drawn carriages to space flight in a single century.

Early man made tools out of stone.

  • Early Homo sapiens made tools out of stone.
  • Early humans made tools out of stone.

Man’s achievements over the last century were astounding.

  • Human achievements over the last century were astounding.

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mankind (noun)

man (verb)

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Band members manned a booth at Winnipeg’s Manito Ahbee Festival.

  • Band members operated a booth at Winnipeg’s Manito Ahbee Festival.
  • Band members ran a booth at Winnipeg’s Manito Ahbee Festival.
  • Band members staffed a booth at Winnipeg’s Manito Ahbee Festival.

man of action; woman of action (noun phrase)

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The chair was a man of action.

  • The chair was a person of action.
  • The chair was an achiever.
  • The chair was a go-getter.
  • The chair was a human dynamo.
  • The chair was a dynamo.
  • The chair was a fireball.
  • The chair was a powerhouse.

man of letters; woman of letters (noun phrase)

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Michael Ondaatje is a talented man of letters.

  • Michael Ondaatje is a talented author.
  • Michael Ondaatje is a talented poet.
  • Michael Ondaatje is a talented writer.
  • Michael Ondaatje is a talented literary figure.

The professor was a noted man of letters.

  • The professor was a noted scholar.
  • The professor was a noted academic.

man on the street (noun phrase)

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Street-corner interviews give a voice to the man on the street.

  • Street-corner interviews give a voice to the average person.
  • Street-corner interviews give a voice to the average citizen.
  • Street-corner interviews give a voice to the ordinary person.
  • Street-corner interviews give a voice to the typical person.

man-hour (noun)

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The estimated time required was 90 man-hours.

  • The estimated time required was 90 person-hours.
  • The estimated time required was 90 work hours.
  • The estimated time required was 90 hours of work.
  • The estimated time required was 90 hours of labour.

man-made (adjective)

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Various man-made fibres are used in clothing.

  • Various manufactured fibres are used in clothing.
  • Various machine-made fibres are used in clothing.
  • Various synthetic fibres are used in clothing.
  • Various artificial fibres are used in clothing.

manhandle (verb)

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The four workers manhandled the massive desk onto the truck.

  • The four workers hauled the massive desk onto the truck.
  • The four workers heaved the massive desk onto the truck.
  • The four workers lugged the massive desk onto the truck.

Security guards prevented rowdy fans from manhandling their opponents.

  • Security guards prevented rowdy fans from roughing up their opponents.
  • Security guards prevented rowdy fans from scuffling with their opponents.
  • Security guards prevented rowdy fans from tussling with their opponents.
  • Security guards prevented rowdy fans from grappling with their opponents.

manhood (noun)

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The path to manhood involves many challenges.

  • The path to adulthood involves many challenges.
  • Becoming an adult involves many challenges.

mankind (noun)

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Mankind has a responsibility to care for all life on this planet.

  • Humankind has a responsibility to care for all life on this planet.
  • Humanity has a responsibility to care for all life on this planet.
  • Human beings have a responsibility to care for all life on this planet.
  • The human race has a responsibility to care for all life on this planet.
  • People have a responsibility to care for all life on this planet.
  • Everyone has a responsibility to care for all life on this planet.
  • Each of us has a responsibility to care for all life on this planet.

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man (noun)

manlike (adjective)

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The droid’s appearance was surprisingly manlike.

  • The droid’s appearance was surprisingly humanlike.
  • The droid’s appearance was surprisingly human.

manned (adjective)

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Today, manned spaceflight is a reality.

  • Today, human spaceflight is a reality.

Manned submersibles allow us to carry out deep-sea research.

  • Human-occupied submersibles allow us to carry out deep-sea research.

Manned by two astronauts, the craft made a successful flight.

  • Piloted by two astronauts, the craft made a successful flight.

Two ships built and manned by Canadians were sent to Britain in 1940.

  • Two ships built and crewed by Canadians were sent to Britain in 1940.

Roadblocks manned by police officers were set up.

  • Roadblocks staffed by police officers were set up.
  • Roadblocks operated by police officers were set up.

manpower (noun)

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Find out how much manpower will be needed for this project.

  • Find out how large a staff will be needed for this project.
  • Find out how large a workforce will be needed for this project.
  • Find out how many employees will be needed for this project.
  • Find out how many staff members will be needed for this project.
  • Find out how many workers will be needed for this project.
  • Find out how many resources will be needed for this project.
  • Find out how many people will be needed for this project.

masseur; masseuse (noun)

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The spa is looking for a masseur or masseuse to join their team.

  • The spa is looking for a massage therapist to join their team.

men at work; men working (noun phrase)

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Ensure that the message “MEN AT WORK” is in full view.

  • Ensure that the message “PEOPLE AT WORK” is in full view.
  • Ensure that the message “PEOPLE WORKING” is in full view.
  • Ensure that the message “WORKERS PRESENT” is in full view.
  • Ensure that the message “ROAD WORK AHEAD” is in full view.
  • Ensure that the message “OVERHEAD WORK” is in full view.
  • Ensure that the message “CONSTRUCTION” is in full view.
  • Ensure that the message “CONSTRUCTION ZONE” is in full view.
  • Ensure that the message “WORK IN PROGRESS” is in full view.
  • Ensure that the message “WATCH FOR WORKERS” is in full view.

middleman (noun)

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Buying directly instead of through a middleman can cut costs.

  • Buying directly instead of through a wholesaler can cut costs.
  • Buying directly instead of through a distributor can cut costs.
  • Buying directly instead of through an agent can cut costs.
  • Buying directly instead of through a broker can cut costs.

A middleman helped to set up the agreement.

  • A go-between helped to set up the agreement.
  • An intermediary helped to set up the agreement.
  • A mediator helped to set up the agreement.
  • A negotiator helped to set up the agreement.

mother (noun)

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Provide the mother’s full name.

  • Provide the gestational parent’s full name.
  • Provide the birthing parent’s full name.
  • Provide the parent’s full name.

motherhood (noun)

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Motherhood can be a source of great joy.

  • Parenthood can be a source of great joy.
  • Becoming a parent can be a source of great joy.

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number one man (noun phrase)

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Consult the number one man in that field.

  • Consult the leader in that field.
  • Consult the best in that field.

Consult the number one man in the company.

  • Consult the head of the company.

Train with the number one man on the team.

  • Train with the top player on the team.

number two man (noun phrase)

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Being the number two man comes with responsibility.

  • Being the second-in-command comes with responsibility.
  • Being someone’s right-hand-person comes with responsibility.

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odd man out (noun phrase)

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The shy student felt like the odd man out at school.

  • The shy student felt like the odd one out at school.
  • The shy student felt left out at school.
  • The shy student felt excluded at school.

oilman; oilwoman (noun)

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Oilmen and oilwomen were contacted about future drilling.

  • Oil company executives were contacted about future drilling.
  • Oil industry executives were contacted about future drilling.
  • Oil executives were contacted about future drilling.

Oilmen are in demand in Alberta.

  • Oilfield workers are in demand in Alberta.

old wives’ tale (noun phrase)

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That’s just an old wives’ tale.

  • That’s just a folktale.
  • That’s just a myth.
  • That’s just a superstition.

ombudsman; ombudswoman (noun)

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The ombudsman negotiated an agreement.

  • The ombudsperson negotiated an agreement.
  • The ombud negotiated an agreement.
  • The ombudsFootnote 1 negotiated an agreement.

one-man (adjective)

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The one-man performance was a hit.

  • The solo performance was a hit.
  • The one-person performance was a hit.

opposite sex (noun phrase)

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Young people generally tend to have friends of the opposite sex by Grade 10.

  • Young people generally tend to have friends of a different sex by Grade 10.

opposite-sex (adjective)

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Opposite-sex couples responded to a survey on household chores.

  • Different-sex couples responded to a survey on household chores.

outdoorsman; outdoorswoman (noun)

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An outdoorsman usually likes hiking.

  • An outdoors person usually likes hiking.
  • An outdoorsy person usually likes hiking.
  • A lover of the outdoors usually likes hiking.
  • A nature lover usually likes hiking.

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penmanship (noun)

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Before the era of technology, elegant penmanship was prized.

  • Before the era of technology, elegant handwriting was prized.
  • Before the era of technology, elegant calligraphy was prized.

policeman; policewoman (noun)

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The policeman took statements from the witnesses.

  • The police officer took statements from the witnesses.
  • The officer took statements from the witnesses.

postman; postwoman (noun)

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The postman delivered a parcel today.

  • The mail carrier delivered a parcel today.
  • The letter carrier delivered a parcel today.

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repairman; repairwoman (noun)

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We called a repairman to fix the furnace.

  • We called a repairperson to fix the furnace.
  • We called a service technician to fix the furnace.
  • We called a maintenance person to fix the furnace.
  • We called a maintenance specialist to fix the furnace.

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salesman; saleslady, saleswoman (noun)

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The door-to-door salesman was a more common figure in the past.

  • The door-to-door salesperson was a more common figure in the past.
  • The door-to-door sales representative was a more common figure in the past.
  • The door-to-door sales agent was a more common figure in the past.

seaman; seawoman (noun)

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The old seaman was full of tall tales about life on the sea.

  • The old mariner was full of tall tales about life on the sea.
  • The old sailor was full of tall tales about life on the sea.
  • The old seafarer was full of tall tales about life on the sea.

The Royal Canadian Navy is recruiting seamen.

  • The Royal Canadian Navy is recruiting sailors.Footnote 1

seamstress (noun)

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A talented seamstress can work without a pattern.

  • A talented sewer can work without a pattern.
  • A talented tailor can work without a pattern.
  • A talented sewist can work without a pattern.
  • A talented garment maker can work without a pattern.
  • A talented garment worker can work without a pattern.
  • A talented alterations specialist can work without a pattern.
  • A talented alterations person can work without a pattern.
  • A talented textile artist can work without a pattern.
  • A talented fabric artist can work without a pattern.
  • A talented needleworker can work without a pattern.
  • A talented garment alterationist can work without a pattern.
  • Someone skilled at sewing can work without a pattern.
  • Someone skilled at altering clothes can work without a pattern.

serviceman; servicewoman (noun)

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In case of problems, the company will send a serviceman.

  • In case of problems, the company will send a maintenance person.
  • In case of problems, the company will send a maintenance specialist.
  • In case of problems, the company will send a service person.
  • In case of problems, the company will send a service technician.
  • In case of problems, the company will send a technician.

Servicemen are paid according to their pay group, rank and time in rank.

  • Soldiers are paid according to their pay group, rank and time in rank.
  • Armed forces members are paid according to their pay group, rank and time in rank.
  • Service members are paid according to their pay group, rank and time in rank.
  • Service personnel are paid according to their pay group, rank and time in rank.

showman; show-woman (noun)

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A talented showman knows how to captivate the audience.

  • A talented entertainer knows how to captivate the audience.
  • A talented performer knows how to captivate the audience.

showmanship (noun)

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The critics praised the performer’s showmanship.

  • The critics praised the performer’s skills.
  • The critics praised the performer’s entertainment skills.
  • The critics praised the performer’s stage presence.
  • The critics praised the performer’s ability to command the audience.

signalman (noun)

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The signalman gave directions to the crane operator by means of hand signals.

  • The signaller gave directions to the crane operator by means of hand signals.
  • The signal person gave directions to the crane operator by means of hand signals.

A signalman is in charge of battlefield communications.

  • A signaller is in charge of battlefield communications.
  • A signal operator is in charge of battlefield communications.

sister (noun)

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The child was picked up from school by an older sister.

  • The child was picked up from school by an older sibling.

sisterhood (noun)

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A feeling of sisterhood united the group.

  • A feeling of camaraderie united the group.
  • A feeling of comradeship united the group.
  • A feeling of friendship united the group.
  • A feeling of togetherness united the group.
  • A feeling of harmony united the group.
  • A feeling of kinship united the group.
  • A feeling of solidarity united the group.
  • A feeling of oneness united the group.

son (noun)

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The parents must give approval for their son to participate.

  • The parents must give approval for their child to participate.

songstress (noun)

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Songstress k.d. lang is best known for the album Ingénue.

  • Singer k.d. lang is best known for the album Ingénue.

spokesman; spokeswoman (noun)

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The spokesman for the group was interviewed on television.

  • The spokesperson for the group was interviewed on television.
  • The representative for the group was interviewed on television.

sportsmanship (noun)

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Athletes must demonstrate sportsmanship.

  • Athletes must demonstrate a sense of fair play.
  • Athletes must demonstrate fairness and integrity.
  • Athletes must demonstrate honourable behaviour.

statesman; stateswoman (noun)

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A statesman must demonstrate virtue as well as ability.

  • A statesperson must demonstrate virtue as well as ability.

steward; stewardess (noun)

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A stewardess helped the passenger.

  • A flight attendant helped the passenger.

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toastmaster; toastmistress (noun)

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The toastmaster introduced the first speaker.

  • The moderator introduced the first speaker.
  • The presenter introduced the first speaker.

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waiter; waitress (noun)

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The waiters and waitresses were courteous and efficient.

  • The servers were courteous and efficient.
  • The waitpersons were courteous and efficient.
  • The wait staff were courteous and efficient.

watchman (noun)

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Hiring a watchman will discourage break-ins.

  • Hiring a guard will discourage break-ins.
  • Hiring a security guard will discourage break-ins.

weatherman; weatherwoman (noun)

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The weatherman called for rain.

  • The weathercaster called for rain.
  • The weather forecaster called for rain.
  • The weather presenter called for rain.
  • The weather personality called for rain.
  • The meteorologist called for rain.
  • The weather forecast called for rain.

wife (noun)

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What is your wife’s contribution to family income?

  • What is your spouse’s contribution to family income?
  • What is your partner’s contribution to family income?
  • What is your life partner’s contribution to family income?
  • What is your significant other’s contribution to family income?

woman doctor (noun phrase)

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A woman doctor administered the vaccine.

  • A doctor administered the vaccine.
  • A physician administered the vaccine.
  • A medical practitioner administered the vaccine.

workman (noun)

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The workman shall wear properly fitted goggles at all times.

  • The worker shall wear properly fitted goggles at all times.
  • The employee shall wear properly fitted goggles at all times.

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yes-man; yes-woman (noun)

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A wise boss doesn’t appreciate a yes-man.

  • A wise boss doesn’t appreciate an employee who always agrees.
  • A wise boss doesn’t appreciate an employee who never disagrees.
  • A wise boss doesn’t appreciate an employee who never criticizes.
  • A wise boss doesn’t appreciate an employee who never gives critical feedback.

The party leader was labelled as a yes-woman.

  • The party leader was labelled as a yes-person.
  • The party leader was labelled as someone who never says “no.”
  • The party leader was labelled as someone who always says “yes.”
  • The party leader was labelled as someone who says “yes” to everything.
  • The party leader was labelled as someone who agrees to everything.
  • The party leader was labelled as someone who never disagrees with anything.

Avoid creating a team of yes-men and yes-women by allowing employees to voice their opinions.

  • Avoid creating a team of yes-people by allowing employees to voice their opinions.

young man; young woman (noun phrase)

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A young man must learn to shoulder responsibility.

  • A young person must learn to shoulder responsibility.
  • A teenager must learn to shoulder responsibility.
  • An adolescent must learn to shoulder responsibility.
  • A youth must learn to shoulder responsibility.

Employment rates for young men and women fell substantially.

  • Employment rates for young people fell substantially.
  • Employment rates for young persons fell substantially.
  • Employment rates for youth fell substantially.
  • Employment rates among youth fell substantially.
  • Youth employment rates fell substantially.

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