Posted by: Anonymous
on March 02, 2008 03:03 AM
Mr. Byfield obviously made a mistake while trying to be "politically correct." Laypeople is a new age, freshly created word. "Laymen" is the original and correct form. People forget that the English language, does indeed, default to the masculine when either the the gender is unknown, or a mixed-gender group is referenced. Check your grammar books, folks, if you don't believe me. You'll also find people following the same poor logic, replacing "him" with "they" even when a singular being is referenced.