Linguist breaks down the origins of sexist words and phrases many people use daily

Posted at 10:09 AM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 10:09:18-04

NEW YORK — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s powerful and poignant speech after Rep. Ted Yoho's apparent verbal assault broadened into an extraordinary moment on the House floor last week as she and other Democrats assailed a sexist culture in Washington DC.

Linguist and author of the book "Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language," Amanda Montell, spoke with the PIX11 Morning News about the sexist origins and meanings of many English words, phrases and slang we still use to this day.

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