Public transport in our cities seems to grow more crowded all the time. It therefore came as no surprise to learn this week that the transport authorities in Madrid have sought to remind passengers of the importance of respecting their fellow passengers’ personal space. What is slightly surprising is that they have chosen to do so by using an English word. In response to a campaign from a women’s group using the hashtag ‘MadridSinManspreading’, the capital’s Municipal Transport Company has agreed to put up signs on city buses and trains to discourage ‘el manspreading.’ The signs show a faceless male figure with legs – and arms – spread wide to invade the neighbouring seat.""
Read the full blog entry from Macmillan Dictionary Blog here.