CHAT: Blond(e) (was: anti-Sanskritism ...)
|Date:||Tuesday, December 2, 2003, 17:36|
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.
Blondes (though not blonds) are stereotyped as both attractive and
stupid: "dumb blondes" are the subjects of a whole species of joke.
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