i mean the term is used for people who get murdered, so shouldn’t it be, i don’t know, personslaughter or something like that? why manslaughter?
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Yes it should. The term was adopted during a time when we were primarily a patriarchal society and it has yet to be revamped.
mid-c., ” act, crime, or sin of killing another human being,” in battle or not, from man (n.) + slaughter (n.). Replaced Old English mannslÃ¦ht (Anglian), mannslieht (West Saxon), from slÃ¦ht, slieht “act of killing” (see slay). Etymologically identical with homicide, but in legal use usually distinguished from murder and restricted to “simple homicide.”
From Middle English manslaÈter, manslauter, equivalent to man + slaughter, or taken as an adaptation of Old English mannslieht, mannsleaht (“homicide”), from mann (“man, person”) + slieht, sleaht (“stroke, slaying”), see manslaught. Cognate with Scots manslauchter (“homicide”).
its a legal term that came from way back when the term ‘man’ counted all humans.
it also means ‘killed in heat of moment with no predetermined plan to harm/kill the person’ (Like first degree is planned to do it and did it, nd degree is planned to hurt/harm but killed instead, and so on)
All men are created equal.