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Re: CHAT: Blond(e) (was: anti-Sanskritism ...)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 2, 2003, 18:22

> Andreas Johansson scripsit: > > > * What's the deal with "blond" and "blonde" in English, anyway? Is one of > them > > wrong, or are they just alternatives, or is there some sort of > distinction? > > Some people seem to be upholding a francoid masc/fem distinction with > them? > > They are both correct, both French borrowings, and are most often applied > correctly (that is, "blond" for men, "blonde" for women), especially when > used as nouns. However, there is a noticeable tendency to use "blond" > for women as well, and it would be pedantic to correct "blond" to > "blonde", though not vice versa. They are pronounced identically.
Sometimes I think anglophones enjoy complexifying their written language out of pure malice ...
> Blondes (though not blonds) are stereotyped as both attractive and > stupid: "dumb blondes" are the subjects of a whole species of joke.
Yep - we've got it in Sweden too. Andreas