Georgia NeSmith
2 min readJan 1, 2022


Sounds like you could use a good writing course. If you'd had one you would know how messed up that usage was, and you wouldn't have made it.

At the very least you need to consult a dictionary now and then. Preferably BEFORE you go on a mansplaining rant to someone else.




[ fee-meyl ]


a person bearing two X chromosomes in the cell nuclei and normally having a vagina, a uterus and ovaries, and developing at puberty a relatively rounded body and enlarged breasts, and retaining a beardless face; a girl or woman.

an organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces egg cells.

Botany. a pistillate plant.




[ woom-uhn ]SHOW IPA

noun, plural wom·en [wim-in].

an adult female person.Compare man (def. 1), girl (def. 1).

a female employee or representative:

A woman from the real estate agency called.


a wife.

a female lover or sweetheart.

Older Use: Usually Offensive. a female employee who cleans a house, cooks, etc.; housekeeper:

My woman won't be here till next Tuesday.

(in historical use) a female attendant to a lady of rank: Your woman informed us of your travel plans.

the nature, characteristics, or feelings often attributed to women; womanliness:

He has always loved and admired the woman in her.

women collectively:

Woman is no longer subordinate to man.


Now tell me, did you really mean "female" in your sentence? Does the definition above fit your referent?

I suspect not. I suspect that you really meant WOMAN (as defined above).

You can't just use the English language willy nilly, according to what you THINK the words mean. Nor according to the inferences you THINK readers will naturally draw from your usage.

That's what dictionaries are for.

CONTRARY to what Humpty Dumpty says in Alice in Wonderland:

“When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less. ' '

The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things. '

'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master — that's all.”

You are neither Humpty Dumpty, nor are you master. Certainly not master of the English language. That is obvious here.

Until you reach such status as being the author (authority) of a dictionary that the world has decided is the only CORRECT dictionary, you actually have to follow the meanings as published in authoritative dictionaries.

So the correction offered to you was CORRECT.

You assumed you knew what you were talking so many men think, especially when they are talking about women.

Your "mansplaining" here led you astray.

So quitcherbitchin.

Btw, in case you are inclined to argue with me further, consider this: I taught writing for 30+ years, every level from remedial to doctoral level, in English, Communications, and journalism departments. You're gonna have to accept my authority on this, cuz you have NONE.



Georgia NeSmith

Retired professor, feminist, writer, photographer, activist, grandmother of 5, overall Wise Woman. Phd UIA School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 1994.