Blond vs. Gendered words are part of many other languages around the world, too, but not so much in English—or are they?
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Believe it or not, English shared the practice of gendering nouns until around the s. And, around this time, it also began borrowing vast amounts of words from French, which, like Spanish, has grammatical gender.
You probably know blond as a hair color. How is blonde different from blond?
Starbucks sells blonde, not blond, espresso, and some brewers serve up blonde ales. Do they mean to feminize their coffee or beer, or is it just that we are using blond and blonde more interchangeably these days? Interestingly, blond is not the only gendered hair color.
The word brunette is actually the feminine form of the word brunet. Like blond ethese words are French in origin. Actor and waiter are also beginning to prevail over gendered terms like waitress and actress —though the Academy Awards still makes the distinction for the Wives looking real sex IL Kenilworth 60043 when it hands out its trophies.
As society trends more gender-neutral language, it will be interesting to see whether or not these and other words maintain these extraneous, confusing, and often just conventional distinctions in gender.