Chairperson: (n) a chairman or chairwoman (used as a neutral alternative).
Words often foretell the temperament of the people around us and what they are going to demand to appease their sense of self-righteousness.
For instance, if I go to church and hear someone proclaim themselves to be a “sinner saved by grace,” I know for certain they will want me to
confess myself a sinner and to seek the magnificent grace advertised.
Likewise, when I hear someone use the term “chairperson,” I know two things to be true:
- They are under the misguided notion that a committee can agree to do anything but produce more red tape.
- And since they are using the “neutral” form of the word instead of “chairman,” I can assume they’re going to be pretty pissy.
Red tape and pissy.
That is usually my cue to suddenly remember that I left my keys in the car, find them in my pocket, climb in, start it up and go home.