No More Masters
In my book Git for Humans, published in 2016, I made copious references to
master as the primary branch name used in Git repositories.
master can refer to a "master copy," meaning the original or canonical version of something from which other copies are made. But its primary meaning in the English language is "a person who has general authority over others." And, especially in American and British English, it's hard to separate the word "master," and that meaning of it, from another related word: "slave."
If we're being honest, folks in tech have known that "master" and "slave" are problematic terms for a while, even if they haven't felt motivated to change them. There are those who say that if these words refer to objects or systems, rather than people, then they can't be offensive, just as people argue that tech is a meritocracy and algorithms can't be biased. These argument