Questions tagged [feminine]

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Lavatory — US terms used in the 1950s

I am trying to find out what would be natural terms to refer to the lavatory in the US in the 1950s. I am specifically interested in how a woman who was a teenager at that time in a poor working class ...
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Do there exist male names that derive from female names in English?

I've seen a lot of female names that are simply derivatives of male names, mostly of biblical origin: Michaela, Michelle from Michael, Michel Joan, Joanna, Joanne, Jane, Jean from John, Jean ...
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When I'm referencing a undefined person, when should I use “she” or “he”? [duplicate]

This is something I realized in some text I read (books and articles), I don't identify it when speaking to people. When a pronoun is used replacing an undefined person sometimes "he" is used (I would ...
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Is there one word that means female car enthusiast? [closed]

There are words like gear head, speedophile, car nut etc. that are all gender neutral, however, I am creating a support group or a common interest linkup for women who have a passion for cars. I am ...
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What's the appropiate pronoun for a program named after a woman? [closed]

In a technical document introducing an operating system named after a famous woman, I have to refer to the OS itself. I've consistently used "it/its" but some sentences sound a little weird. Is it ...
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Genders for arbitrary occupations [duplicate]

Let's say I have a sentence similar to When a scientist publishes results, she must be careful to not enter the incorrect data. However, I am confused as to what I should use in place of the "she"...
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What is the future for the Word *“Womyn”*? [closed]

The Word "womyn" has an interesting and debated history. It has become ever more pertinent since it's creation. My question is: Does "womyn" have a future?
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Is “take a leak” considered only masculine or is it okay if women use it too?

And if it can also be used by women, I still feel vulgar using it.
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“Was it a girl?” or “Was that a girl?”

Here's a conversation. "I saw a salesperson there" "Was it a girl?" Is it OK to use "it" when you refer to the salesperson? Or should you use "that" instead of "it"?
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Is “woman” really interchangable with “female” as an adjective?

I listen to BBC Radio 4 a fair bit. They pretty much always use "woman" as opposed to "female" - like "a woman pilot". To me this just sounds completely wrong, and most stuff I can find online about ...
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Female equivalent for “wet dreams”? [closed]

As I understand, the term wet dreams applies only to masculine gender? Then, unless it's unisex in nature, is there a specific term applicable to feminine gender?
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Female equivalent of “bachelor”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the word for an unmarried female? What is the word for an unmarried female? The above closed question is unanswered as bachelorette implies both unmarried and divorced/...
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Origin of 'fairer sex'

I've seen the term 'the fairer sex' being used in a number of areas to refer to females. How did they get that title? What does 'fairer' refer to in this case?
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When to use the feminine form when referring to a person? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tendency of using pronouns 'she/her' when talking about a random person I was never interested in grammar and English in school. Now that I am older, I am finding it ...
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Which words of foreign origin kept a distinctive feminine?

The feminine of confidant is confidante, probably due to the French origin of the word (confident, whose feminine is confidente). I wonder which other words of foreign origin commonly used in English ...