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    Default Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down...

    Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down his cheeks.

    Can either boldfaced word be used?

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    Default Re: Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks.
    Yes. Sweat is a more 'rugged' word than perspiration..

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    Default Re: Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down...

    Thanks,5jj.

    Yes. Sweat is a more 'rugged' word than perspiration..

    What does 'rugged' mean in the your sentence?

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    Default Re: Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks,5jj.

    Yes. Sweat is a more 'rugged' word than perspiration..

    What does 'rugged' mean in the your sentence?
    "Rugged" is an adjective which is normally applied to men. It means they look like a proper man - maybe a little unshaven and quite sturdy, perhaps that they might like long difficult walks up steep hills, or wrestling elephants in their spare time!

    My father always used to tell me "Horses sweat, men perspire and ladies merely glow".

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    Default Re: Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down...

    Thanks, Emsr2d2

    Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down HER cheeks.

    Can I conclude from the replies thus far that I should use 'perspiration' when the one perspiring/sweating is a female?

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    Default Re: Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Emsr2d2

    Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down HER cheeks.

    Can I conclude from the replies thus far that I should use 'perspiration' when the one perspiring/sweating is a female?
    Not necessarily, no. I don't see any problem with saying that women sweat. We do. It's a fact. I think it was just an old-fashioned nicety to try to suggest that sweating was somehow more masculine and unpleasant. I'm sure that in the old days, it was not seen as ladylike to sweat. I think we can safely say we have moved on these days!

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    Default Re: Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down...

    Thanks, Emsr2d2

    Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down his/her cheeks.

    Am I right to say that we can use either 'sweat' or 'perspiration' in the above sentence?

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    Default Re: Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Emsr2d2

    Beads of sweat/perspiration trickled down his/her cheeks.

    Am I right to say that we can use either 'sweat' or 'perspiration' in the above sentence?
    Yes, you can.

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