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I write and teach and run long distances and play a mediocre concertina.


Apr
3
comment When you say a man is a coward, does it imply femininity by default? Is ''girlish coward'' a common expression?
But is bravery not associated with womanhood? And is cowardice more associated with one than the other?
Apr
3
comment When you say a man is a coward, does it imply femininity by default? Is ''girlish coward'' a common expression?
In some cultures, sure. In some cultures, that expression is completely foreign. You'd have to explain it, and by doing so enforce your cultural perspective on someone else, to make them understand it. That's why in my opinion it's best to, at least, qualify which culture we're discussing, and, at most, not connect the two.
Apr
3
answered When you say a man is a coward, does it imply femininity by default? Is ''girlish coward'' a common expression?
Apr
3
comment When you say a man is a coward, does it imply femininity by default? Is ''girlish coward'' a common expression?
Shakespeare would beg to differ: "We'll have a swashing and martial outside/As many mannish cowards have/That do outface it with their semblances".
Mar
27
awarded  Notable Question
Mar
17
answered Grammatically correct usage.
Mar
10
comment Articles and prepositions in a series
There are stylistic reasons to include the definite articles--emphasis being the one that comes to mind first--so I wouldn't edit them out on principle.
Mar
8
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Feb
14
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Should “each” be followed by a singular or plural possessive?
Feb
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Comma after “that” midsentence?
Jan
31
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
30
comment What do you say when you don't know someone's gender?
@ColinFine: I just can't support that rationale because there are people for whom the difference defines their identity. Men who would rather be called "she" and vice versa. I don't think that's the same discussion as the Gender Neutral Pronoun discussion that we've hashed out on this site.
Jan
28
comment What do you say when you don't know someone's gender?
@ColinFine: What? What? English ought to represent the fact that sex and gender are different. If this question is asked about whether a person is transgendered, it is a lot different than if it is asked about whether a person with an ambiguous avatar is male or female. If I am in a trans chat room, and I want to know how to refer to someone who is a woman but may identify with men, it is completely fair to ask, "Which pronoun do I use to refer to someone on the internet when their gender isn't clear?" I was clarifying this point from a new user.
Jan
28
revised What do you say when you don't know someone's gender?
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Jan
28
comment What do you say when you don't know someone's gender?
You're talking about personal pronouns, not articles. As well, when you say that you don't know the person's gender, do you mean that you don't know what gender, masculine or feminine, they identify with; or do you mean that you don't know if they are male or female? If it's the latter, you're talking about their sex.
Jan
28
answered What's the English word for a short-lived feeling of euphoria?
Jan
22
comment Would it be incorrect to use “could” and “might” in the same sentence?
In some Southern US dialects, you could even use them as a combined modal: "Joseph might could come this afternoon".
Jan
19
revised When and how has the word 'nigger' lost its neutral meaning?
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Jan
19
answered When and how has the word 'nigger' lost its neutral meaning?