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Re: CHAT: Epicene man (was Re: ...y'know)

From:Sam Bryant <sam_bryant@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 30, 1999, 23:05
Eric Christopherson wrote:
> >> PS - in SW London, this use of 'man' has become epicene among the younger > >> generation; female students even use this mode of address when speaking > >> among themselves. Does this occur elsewhere? > > > >Yes, it does, although I haven't heard it as often as with males here in the >US.
My impression (as part of the "younger generation") has always been that it's more of an expletive, on the order of "jeez" or "gosh" or maybe better "whoa" or "wow", than a vocative giving the name "man" to the listener. "Man, that was a good movie!" makes perfect sense for one female to say to another, but "Hey man, come over here!" doesn't. sam