From The Telegraph:
Camilla Turner, education editor
12 JUNE 2017 • 7:21PM
Cambridge University examiners are told to avoid using words like “flair”, “brilliance” and “genius” when assessing students’ work because they are associated with men, an academic has revealed.
Lucy Delap, a lecturer in British history at Cambridge University, said that History tutors are discouraged from using these terms because they “carry assumptions of gender inequality”.
“Some of those words, in particular genius, have a very long intellectual history where it has long been associated with qualities culturally assumed to be male”, she said. “Some women are fine with that, but others might find it hard to see themselves in those categories”.
I don’t know if vocabulary choices have changed over the years, but when I was last in England in 1994 on a business trip, every single thing I did was called “brilliant” by my forbearing hosts. The very polite English lady who was my host at Nielsen in Oxford asked if I had any trouble getting there from Heathrow Airport.
“Well, it took me awhile to find the Hertz counter, but I stopped a bunch of people and asked and I finally found one I could understand because he had a full set of teeth.”
“And then, when I got the car, I almost got into two or three head-on collisions before I noticed something: you guys drive on the wrong side of the road!”
“Oh, brilliant, brilliant.”
“And the speedometer was broken. No way was I going 200 miles per hour.”
“Oh, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.”
“And then I wanted to get a bag of potato chips from a vending machine, but all they had were crisps. So, I stuck a bunch of those funny Susan B. Anthony dollar coins in the slot, but the bag got stuck. So, I gave the machine a hard shove and I got not only the crisps, which, by the way, are a lot like potato chips, plus a free packet of biscuits, whatever those are.”
“Oh, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.”