Word: Find and highlight words of two or more capitals

This list is for me for future reference. There are plenty of lists out there of gender-neutral terms, but some apply much more to the work I do than others, so I’ve started to keep a running list.

  • chairman — chair, chairperson
  • craftsman / craftsmanship — artisan / artisanship¬† artistry, expert / expertise, skill, mastery, craft, craftspeople
  • fireman — firefighter
  • fisherman — fisher, angler (only in reference to recreational fishing), commercial fisher
  • foreman — supervisor, team leader
  • man (as in ‘man the desk’) — staff, supervise, manage, lead, handle, cover, run, oversee, work, person
  • man basket / man box — crane basket, suspended personnel platform, crane cage, construction basket, personnel basket
  • man-hours — person hours, work hours
  • man-made — artificial, manufactured, machine-made, synthetic, human-made, human-caused, handmade, hand-built, fabricated, constructed
  • manhole — access hole, utility hole, maintenance hole (or ‘point’ instead of ‘hole’)
  • mankind — humanity, humankind, humans, human beings, people
  • manned — staffed, occupied, crewed, piloted, operated, human-operated
  • manning — staffing
  • manpower — workforce, human effort
  • manway — see manhole
  • masterful — expert, accomplished
  • middleman — intermediary
  • patrolman — patrol, guard
  • policeman — police officer
  • unmanned — unpiloted, robotic, automatic (see also manned)
  • vessel master — captain, skipper
  • watchman – guard
  • workman — worker

And others:

  • become blind to — ignore
  • blind faith — unswerving belief
  • blind to — oblivious to, ignoring, overlooking
  • deaf to — ignoring, disregarding, unwilling to acknowledge, unwilling to hear or listen, callous
  • fresh eyes — fresh perspective
  • mecca — hub, hotspot, magnet
  • put blinders on — limit (This one created some discussion on a Facebook group for editors as most said they only thought of that term in relation to limiting a horse’s vision. My response was that I’d wondered about that one too, but then I realised that there was another perfectly acceptable other word for the context that didn’t make me stop and think about it. If the reader has to hesitate to figure out the meaning, or to stop and think about the context, then I believe my job is to help take some of that hesitation away. In the context, it was used when referring to geologists who only see in rock formations what they want to see, and wasn’t related to preventing distraction [i.e. the geologists’ perspective was limited to what they’d learnt at university or in earlier jobs].
  • that’s lame — ridiculous
  • totem pole — organisational hierarchy, organisation chart (org chart)

See also: Conscious Style Guide: https://consciousstyleguide.com/

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