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TL;DR— See title:
Are the attributes in “handsome girl” and “pretty boy” perfectly interchangeable?
Is there an implicit, gender-specific connotation in “handsome” (♂) and “pretty” (♀)?
This video called my attention for the first time to the none-analogy of those two German words:
(Both do actually have a surprisingly different etymology.)
The presenter assumes that däm-lich was some sort of feminine version for herr-lich and cites,
like how in English, the word “handsome” is often associated with something that is masculine, and “pretty” with something that is feminine.
Is this true?
Does it sound weird to call a manly man “pretty” or a beautiful, feminine woman “handsome”?
Do English native speakers assume gender in consequence of the usage of either?