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is the term "Comely" just refeared to woman or can be used anyway?
please excuse me but I cannot understand what you mean when you say that it is suggests that it has an independent life, which it doesn't has...
Can you explain me better?
I mean that, in current English usage, it doesn't exist as a single word; it only has meaning as part of a phrase (made up of two archaic words, neither of which has an independent 'life'). There is little meaning to the word 'comely' on its own; if you ask 'what is a "comely wench"?' a possible answer is 'a sexually attractive (or at least not unattractive) young woman, perhaps not beautiful but healthy-looking, usually in a servile or somehow subordinate role, but the phrase is used only in a historic or mock-historic context'. Given that answer, it's possible to work out that when the phrase was formed "comely" meant something like "attractive", but as you can't - today - use the word on its own you can't conclude that only a woman can be comely. (I think the short answer might be, 'Don't use it'' )
thanks for that post. I did not know that you don't use comely these days and I did use it in one of my writings sometime ago.
I suspect I was under the impression of one of the historical novels I was reading.