It's funny to me when people say things like "womyn" instead of "woman" to get the man out, because etymologically, "woman" is a corruption of a word meaning "wife man". So the "wo" part of "woman" means "wife", which I'd think would be the more objectionable part of the word.

Some people think "woman" comes from "womb man", but it doesn't. Just like, historically, it does not. It comes from Old English "wīfmon".

I usually hear the "womb man" false etymology from TERFs and the like, who argue that if you do not have a womb, you cannot be a woman. But 1) that excludes a lot of cis women, 2) that is, as I said, not the correct etymology, and 3) even if it were, that's not how words work.

Like, if you wanna play that game, the modern word "girl" comes from the Middle English word "girl", which denoted a child of any gender, so TERF logic falls apart pretty quickly.

The word "boy" originally denoted a male servant in Middle English, so that's actually been gendered for longer than "girl".

The word "guy" comes from Guy Fawkes, resulting in probably the funniest etymology chart I've ever seen.

@BathysphereHat Plus and wasn't that still back when "man" (/"mon") just meant "person", and the male kind of man was a "wer"?

...Actually now I can definitely see how wifman vs werman would have started to get a bit confusing.

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