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'Feisty,' 'complain' and other words you can't use to talk about Hillary Clinton

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Oh dear, someone called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "feisty" and now ThinkProgress is out crying sexism.

CNN host Christiane Amanpour – a woman, if you didn’t know – said that Clinton "got quite feisty" during her interview Tuesday with Diane Sawyer – another woman (just making that absolutely clear). Wolf Blitzer – who is not a woman – agreed, and also said the word "feisty."

This sent ThinkProgress into a tizzy (wait, is that sexist?) and allowed the liberal website to bring up a 2012 "guide" from the Women's Media Center that details more than 100 words and phrases that are apparently sexist.

Feisty is one of them. How is feisty sexist? Well, the WMC claims the word is "normally reserved for individuals and animals that are not inherently potent or powerful."

So is that what ThinkProgress was implying when it called the debate between President Obama and his 2012 GOP opponent Mitt Romney feisty?

Was the Washington Post and countless other news outlets implying that President Obama is “not inherently potent or powerful” when they called him feisty during his speech about his policies?

Other words that are apparently sexist include "aggressive," "brunette," "childcare" and "complain." Even "politically correct" is apparently no longer politically correct.

You know what's surprisingly absent from this 2012 list? The word "bossy."

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