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    Gripes about words for genders

    I've got gripes about some of the words used for gender definitions. Its just some issues I've got. Now as to how the words were invented in the first place that would probably require extensive research into the history of the english language which I believe is a part of linguistics. Among the stuff that linguistics covers history of the language is one of them.

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    Re: Gripes about words for genders

    I think a higher-priority gripe for you ought to be learning the correct spelling of the word "English" and how to use commas and apostrophes in your sentences.

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    Re: Gripes about words for genders

    Quote Originally Posted by Photon Guy View Post
    I've got gripes about some of the words used for gender definitions.
    What are they?

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    Re: Gripes about words for genders

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    What are they?
    Me too.

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    Re: Gripes about words for genders

    We're entering an age of considerable gender fluidity, so you may find yourself getting grumpier. Some words are losing gender, others are gaining it, and some are being binned.

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    Re: Gripes about words for genders

    I will get to my gripes but first I want to discuss other stuff for which I will create other threads. As for you teechar, how you point out my misspellings and my wrong uses of commas and apostrophes you will have to bear with me. Its been awhile since I've taken an English class in school and Im getting up there in age.

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    Re: Gripes about words for genders

    So now I feel I am finally ready to vent about what I don't like about some of the words that define genders. Here are my gripes. I have no problems with the words boy and girl, they're words that define different genders and as such they're totally different words. Also I don't have any problems with the words man, male, and lady. Again, different words. What I don't like are the words woman and female. Why? Because they use man and male as their root word. A word for defining a different gender should be a completely different word, not the same word with some extra letters added on. I am no expert on the history of the english language but I will say this much, whoever came up with the words is a completely brainless dimwit. I would like to go back in time and knock some sense into them, and I would like to go back in time and change the english language in that regard. It is so cheap to come up with words to define a different gender just by adding a little prefix.

    OK now I feel better, since I vented and blew off some steam.

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    Re: Gripes about words for genders

    Actally, fe was never 'added' to male to make female. The word female derives ultimately from the latin femina.

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    Re: Gripes about words for genders

    The AHD has an interesting history of the words man/woman: https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=MAN

    This suggests that the original source of man was less gendered than it became.

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    Re: Gripes about words for genders

    In any case, there is little point in complaining now about how words evolved over centuries. It's rather more relevant to most people today to do our bit by removing/changing pointless feminine suffixes that can suggest that the male role is the natural one - actor actress, chairman, policeman, police officer, etc.

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