I came across an article on the National Post today. Seems language is shifting away from woman and lady due to associated baggage. Instead, girl is used and there are a LOT of novels of late using that term.
Here is a quote from the article:
The word “girl” has become as practical as “guy,” its male equivalent — an all-purpose term that doesn’t carry the baggage of “woman” or “lady.”
While this is likely a marketing ploy now. It is interesting to see how the language has changed in use in a short period of time.
Though I have to ask, what is the baggage associated with woman or lady? Did I miss something?