Alum Flawlessly Trolls Princeton Over Man-Less ‘Gender Neutral’ Language Guidelines

By Jillian Kay Melchior | 12:01 am, October 11, 2016

As many colleges promote “inclusive” and gender-neutral language, one Princeton grad has found the perfect way to poke fun at higher education’s popular PC guidelines, running his response in the October issue of his university’s alumni magazine.

If you recall, Princeton drew widespread criticism this summer after its HR department issued a style guide that suggested gender-neutral alternatives for more than 30 words and phrases, including “fireman,” “humanity,” “foreman,” and “man” as a verb.

In Princeton’s new alumni magazine, just released this week, 1984 grad named Stephen P. Ban wryly wrote:

The University community should be adapersonant that their adoption be persondatory as they are written with great acupeople. The guidelines cannot be personacled by tradition, and must personage our adpersonence thereto. Good personners require it, not just now, but perpersonently. I look forward to reading a senior tpersonis on this topic.

Princeton initially said the guide represented “preferred university practice.”


But after receiving national attention, the university quietly trimmed its guidelines down from two pages to four, also claiming that the suggestions apply only to internal HR document.

In other words, it’s not an official recopersondation anymore.