Thank you for the responses.
Heard of it? I’m one of the troglodytes who makes fun of people who write and speak like that…
You see, at some point certain politicians decided it was not correct to use the masculine as neuter any more. Nope. So, they started saying (and writing)
¡Compañeros, compañeras! (insert rest of speech here)
which spawned controversies about word order. Should you have the ladies first, or would that be sexist, as it is the traditional way? But it is what alphabetical order requires! But it is machista! But! Some troglodytes will make fun of this by saying, for example, that the new diputados and diputadas have taken up their new sillas and sillos (silla, chair, is f. irregardles of the tuckus on it; sillo wasn’t a real word last time I looked).
Eventually, some people started abbreviating the doublenouns, like this:
This led to us troglodytes reading that as compañeroas, and anyway it was still a bit longer than the old fashioned way of using the male form for a mixed-gender colective, plus it still had the order issue; hence
which some people are reading as compañeroas - in all seriousness! :smack:
So yeah, yeah, I’m familiar with the subject.