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    Default lad=boy? / lass=girl?

    hi,

    Are these words synonyms? In what context can I use the words lad & lass?

    eg The boy/girl is running in the street.

    Can I replace the words lad & lass with boy & girl?


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    Default Re: lad=boy? / lass=girl?

    Both lad and lass have rather fallen into disuse, apart from regional dialect. It will look odd to use them now.

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    Default Re: lad=boy? / lass=girl?

    But a few idioms persist. Example: 'a bit of a lad' =sexually precocious young man.

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    Default Re: lad=boy? / lass=girl?

    hi,

    I have found the idiom ''a Jack the Lad" = a young man who is very confident in a noisy way, and enjoys going out with male friends, drinking alcohol and trying to attract women.

    eg. He used to be a bit of a Jack the Lad - I never thought he'd settle down and get married.


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    Default Re: lad=boy? / lass=girl?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    hi,

    I have found the idiom ''a Jack the Lad" = a young man who is very confident in a noisy way, and enjoys going out with male friends, drinking alcohol and trying to attract women.

    eg. He used to be a bit of a Jack the Lad - I never thought he'd settle down and get married.


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    That phrase is very like 'a bit of a lad'. In fact I've heard them mixed together - 'a bit of a Jack the Lad'. But the common noun 'lad' is, as Anglika said, largely out of use. Since reading her reply, though, I have remembered a couple of more common uses, always in the plural:

    'He's out drinking with the lads, as usual on a Friday' [=an unspecified, but habitual, group of men friends]

    I thought the lads played well this afternoon. [=a team of male sportsmen. Strangely if they're women they're not 'lasses'.]

    'Come on lads - we can do better than this.' [=a team (again), but used as a form of address to all the other team members]

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    Default Re: lad=boy? / lass=girl?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
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    I thought the lads played well this afternoon. [=a team of male sportsmen. Strangely if they're women they're not 'lasses'.]

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    An exception was the UK team (all Scots) who won the Olympic gold a few years ago. Commentators sometimes referred to them as 'lassies' I think, in an attempt to do two things: refer to their dialect, and avoid PC objections to calling 'sportswomen' 'girls'.

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