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State bans offensive words

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Washington is the fourth state to remove gender-specific words from state laws.

The legislature voted to go back and remove words like fisherman, freshman, ombudsman, watchmen and penmanship from state statutes. They'll be replaced with words like fisher, first-year student, ombuds, security guard and handwriting.

But some words could remain. For example, airmen and seaman won't be changed because of the military's objection and there simply isn't another word to replace manhole.

The law is the latest in a series to root out gender bias in legal documents.

Florida, North Carolina and Illinois have passed similar laws.

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