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06 August 2010 @ 11:11 am
Connotation / denotation / other stuff  
1. Headline: Missouri families grieve 2 slain in school buses wreck.

Comment: To me, "slain" has a connotation of deliberateness, more like murder, rather than accident. What say you all? Or was it simply a matter, since it's a headline, of choosing a word with five letters rather than six ("killed")?


2. Suppose you are in the USA and are on a road with five lanes: two in one direction, two in the opposite direction, and one in the middle available for left turns from either direction. This middle lane is typically double-striped: solid yellow on the outside and dashed yellow on the inside. What do you call that middle lane?


3. Masseuse: when did this become the word for male or female provider? I thought masseur was male, masseuse was female, and massage therapist was gender-neutral. Or is massage therapist only used for medical contexts, not for spas? Also, can you think of any other cases of the female form of a word subsuming the male form (as opposed to, say, actor/actress which is now commonly actor)?


4. "Gifted me with": when did this overtake "gave me"? And why? Am I wrong to think it sounds somewhat pretentious?
 
 
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Alter S. Reissdhole on August 6th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Any other cases of the female form of a word subsuming the male form

Blonde and brunette, I think. You do see blond and brunet, but my impression is that the distinction is not strongly gendered, and the female forms are more common. The male version of a divorcée should be a divorcé, but while that's fallen out of use, I'm not sure you see many men being called divorcées.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on August 6th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
Excellent examples.