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What is currently accepted as the proper title for a person from France? Is it still the gender-specific Frenchman/Frenchwoman, or is Frenchperson the new term?
(I use French as just an example, obviously. Same question for English folks)

  • I've personally stuck to using "French person" or "British person" etc. but I have no idea if there's any consensus on that. – pavja2 Jun 6 '14 at 5:41
  • possible duplicate of Is there a difference between "Frenchmen" and "French men"? – njboot Jun 6 '14 at 5:46
  • Ngram shows an increasing usage of 'French person', but 'Frenchman' is still more popular. – user66974 Jun 6 '14 at 5:53
  • If French is only an example, are you looking for a generic suffix for people from any country. man/men does work with French and English but doesn't work with a lot of nationalities; German, Japan, American etc. It does work with China but I'm not sure if Chinaman/Chinamen is PC anymore. – Frank Jun 6 '14 at 6:27
  • If people are going to start promoting gender-specific designations for ethnicity or nationality, some obvious possibilities are Normen/Norwomen and Germen/Gerwomen. ;-) – Erik Kowal Jun 6 '14 at 6:34
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Frenchman is not gender specific:

1) a native or inhabitant of France

2) a person who is of French descent

However, Frenchman does not = "French man" or "French woman."

"A French person" constitutes the gender neutral form of these.

Use the accepted "Frenchman." To address someone as a "French person" sounds awkward and contrived in my opinion.

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It goes against the URL, but have you considered writing Les Français?

  • He is un Français. She is une Française. – dangph Jan 6 '15 at 6:59

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