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Steven Adams

Officially, there is not a single manhole in the city. Nor is there a fireman or a craftsman.

The city of Berkeley, California, on Tuesday eliminated gendered terms from its municipal code.

The holes in streets where “repairers” will access utilities will now be called “Maintenance holes.”

Council voted to replace all gendered terms with a prescribed list of neutral words, reports SF Gate. The ordinance will wipe all gendered pronouns from the city code, replacing “she” and “he” with “they.”

The revisions will cost about $600, SF Gate reports.

“Manpower” becomes “human effort.” “Firemen” and “firewomen” become “firefighters.” Your “sister” will now be your “sibling.”

“Sorority” and “fraternity” will henceforth be “collegiate Greek system residence.”

Read the entire list in this document.

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