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Bunty
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« on: October 11, 2010, 02:23:03 PM »

To avoid sounding unintentionally sexist you could consider replacing layman with layperson in the singular and laypeople in the plural: in layperson’s terms; scholars and educated laypeople alike.
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2012, 11:05:05 AM »

You could consider doing this, but why would you?  Unlike demonstratively stating "his" in a gender un-neutral tense, layman is a commonly-accepted colloquialism and changing it to layperson is not really necessary when it comes to writing.  For someone to become offended by the usage of this term is almost a non-issue in my opinion.
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