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Monday, 13 May 2019

POPPYCOCK - A FEMININE OR MASCULINE WORD?

Skimming through the Daily Telegraph on Saturday, I paused to read this article.


Who decides the gender-neutralness of words? The last two paragraphs suggest "feminine and neutral" words include:

understand
kind
honest
dependable
cooperative
support

"Masculine" words include:

active
decisive
leader
ambition
challenge
objective
competitiveness
independence
confident
intellectual

Who decides?

Funny, in my near 40-year career, I have worked with women and men who have been all of those words and more.

But, this is the modern world, where we are prone to dust crops where there ain't no crops, to pinch from the film North by Northwest.

What poppycock?

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