language - sexist or feminine or exciting or what?

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  1. boringsafetyguy

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    Anyone else confused about the spellchecker underlining blonde with an 'e' but not blond with nothing? I started wondering about my spelling, so I went and...

    Websters:

    blond. adj. 1. (of hair, skin , etc.) light-colored: the child's blond curls.

    blonde, adj. 1. (of a woman or girl) having fair hair and usu. fair skin and light eyes.
    , n. 2 a woman or girl having this coloration [see BLOND].
    USAGE: BLONDE is still widely used for the noun specifying a woman or girl with fair hair. Some people regard this as sexist, preferring BLOND for all persons. BLOND is the usual spelling for the adjective referring to either sex (an energetic blond girl; two blond sons) or describing hair, complexion, etc. BLONDE is still occasionally applied to a female (the blonde model and her escort) and in British English is the preferred spelling for all senses of the adjective.

    Well, I never! This is an early 1990s dictionary that even has a PC section on avoiding sexist language, during the big PC feminazi show trials and purges.
    I say, up with sexist language! We should always celebrate the presence of femininity, and if all it takes is the addition of an 'e', then that truly is the least I can do.

    Do you like or resent using feminine versions of words? Actress instead of actor, police lady instead of officer, aviatrix instead of aviator? How do women feel about not just using them but having them applied to them?
     
  2. Puss_in_boots

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    Blond with no 'e' must be the American spelling, because I have my browser's spellchecker set to American English and it underlines 'blonde',...still that's the way I was taught to spell it and is the proper spelling of it as far as I'm concerned.
     
  3. heelfetish

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    AFAIK, the proper spelling in Canada (Which more closely resembles proper English than the US) is Blonde. (Which was just flagged by my US English Spell Check lol)
     
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    Try writing in Aussie English. Colour, Valour etc. I just figure if I am on an American site then I'll write like an American. I just hate those little red lines...:mad
     
  5. heelfetish

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    Aussie English is very much the same as Canadian English, with a few exceptions. :)
     
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    There are two versions of English: English and American English! I write everything in English: blonde, colour, labour, analyse etc.

    To confuse things, Je parle le Fran├žais. In French, a masculine blonde is blond, a feminine is blonde. There are many words like this (masculine small is petit, feminine small is petite etc).