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Mansplaining Actually Means Man-Explaining

Updated: May 6, 2022

I can tell you're confused so let me start again from the top. Mansplaining means "man-explaining." It's a combination of the word "man," which is what I am, and the word "explaining," which is what I am currently doing. Because you're confused I'm taking time out of my busy schedule to further explain these trivial details in the complex English lexicon. Man comes from the Proto-Germanic word "mann" which is derived from a Proto-Indo-European root *man-, *mon-, or *men-. "Explain" comes from the latin word "explanen" which means "to make clear in the mind, to make intelligible," which is what I am doing for you right now. I know you don't speak these languages, which is fine no one expects that of you, but it wouldn't hurt if you read up on some root words and language of origin. A lot of what you say and hear is passed down through something called "oral history--" please don't smirk at the word "oral." Oral history is the telling of stories and the collection of information gathered via interviews or conversations. Some of mankind's greatest stories were originally told orally before they were written down. Stories like The Iliad and The Odyssey were most likely told in this fashion before Homer ever put them to paper. Obviously I've given you a lot of information so don't worry if you haven't fully digested it all. We really don't expect you to understand everything all at once. Anyways, you look great today. What're doing later?

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