Weasel Word Wednesday #12: Mumtrepreneur

OK, maybe this doesn’t quite count as a ‘weasel word’ but it irritated me this week so I’m posting it anyway.

I love seeing how people refer to themselves in their mini bios on their blogs and social media sites like Twitter. Some are afraid to admit who they are and where they live, so leave it blank. Some are plain and factual. Some humble. Some display an ego beyond comprehension. And others describe themselves in terms that may seem exotic but aren’t.

The other day I saw someone who called herself a ‘Mumtrepreneur’. I know I have seen this term used before, but suddenly it grated. It begs the question – are there also Dadtrepreneurs? Or are they all confident enough to call themselves an entrepreneur without having to define themselves by their family role or reproductive status? Given that (say) 75 percent of women are mothers at some stage of their life, is there anything unusual about being a Mumtrepreneur? Why would someone call themselves this?

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One response to “Weasel Word Wednesday #12: Mumtrepreneur

  1. I would consider an entrepreneur to be an entrepreneur, no matter what sex, gender or life stage they are in. That word in itself covers a wide gammut of types of people as it is.

    Entrepreneur could be described as someone who looked at a problem and saw it as an opportunity, then set about to make it happen. I wonder if the self described Mumtrepreneur was talking about solving challenges in her own home, regarding her own kids? So small scale domestic and child related entrepreneurism?

    In which case I could easily be one too. But it’s not a word I’d use to describe myself!

    On the other hand, maybe the person in question just thought that they’d made up a funky word that flattered them, and didn’t really pause to reflect on the potential meaning?

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