I have a suspicion, though I'm not certain, that the verb "nag" may be considered sexist. Is the term "nagware", describing software that constantly asks the user to pay for it, considered sexist?

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    Why would it be? Commented Sep 19, 2016 at 23:43
  • This is why: urbandictionary = Nag
    – Mazura
    Commented Sep 19, 2016 at 23:46
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    I expect that you will find someone here to posit offense for anything you say, but the Urban Dictionary notwithstanding, bosses of both sexes can nag you to meet your deadlines. In this case, we don't even personify software.
    – deadrat
    Commented Sep 19, 2016 at 23:49
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    If you are saying that nagging is characteristic of women, then you're the one being sexist. And if you avoid using the word for this reason, then you're only perpetuating the stereotype. Commented Sep 19, 2016 at 23:52
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    Oh, I thought we were talking about nagwear horsechannel.com/images/horse-keeping-images/horse-cooler.jpg
    – Jim Mack
    Commented Sep 20, 2016 at 0:07

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No—in this context, nagging is just persistent and annoying urging. It’s not exclusive to women.

There is a negative stereotype that women nag their male children and partners. Nagging wife or nagging mother could therefore be considered sexist, but nagging software or nagware is not.

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