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    'chuckle', 'giggle'

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    do we mostly use chuckle for men and giggle for women?

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    Re: 'chuckle', 'giggle'

    Hello M55,

    Both men and women chuckle and giggle. A chuckle is a deeper noise of merriment, produced in the throat, or at the back of the mouth; a giggle is a lighter noise, produced more towards the front of the mouth, with greater expulsion of air.

    Possibly giggling may be construed as more "feminine", socially, and "chuckling" as more "masculine".

    MrP

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    Re: 'chuckle', 'giggle'

    Thank you MrP, I just got curious since in almost every text I've come across it was used as giggle for women and chuckle for men.

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    Re: 'chuckle', 'giggle'

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Thank you MrP, I just got curious since in almost every text I've come across it was used as giggle for women and chuckle for men.
    Yes, that's because texts reflect the stereotypes of the society in which they're produced.
    There's an idiom in English: "giggling like a school-girl", which is something that real men are definitely not supposed to do.

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