I have a news-led moral compass and thought I no longer cared, the event in question being over a week ago. It turned out, I did care; the expiration of my objection to misogyny is longer than 11 days. It is a simple fact that using the word “woman” is different to using the word “man”: it is scornful. To use it domestically is simple power play, the establishment of the male as superior by birth; to use it in public life has the additional intimation that the woman doesn’t belong in that sphere, that her presence is only suffered for as long as she knows her place. If Salmond thinks that he’s identified some alternative Scottish usage, he should try to imagine himself using the word as a compliment. You might well call somebody an intelligent woman, but you would never address her “woman” in the expression of that point. It’s subtle, but simultaneously deeply obvious, right the way across the English-speaking world.