[LMB] OT: Language changes

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Fri Sep 17 05:03:16 BST 2021

According to this page, https://www.etymonline.com/word/girl
"girl (n.) c. 1300, gyrle "child, young person" (of either sex but most frequently of females), of unknown origin. [...]"

And then it goes on at considerable length as to origins - very complicated.

I had no idea.


On Thu, 16 Sep 2021, Eric Oppen wrote:
> HOW far back are we talking about?  In early Latin, "puella" (girl) and
> "puer" (boy) were interchangeable, AFAICR, but I don't know about English.

> On Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
> > Yes.   “Girl” didn’t use to be gendered.
> >
> when people prate on about how "man" is gender neutral and we should just
> "go back" to "traditional use"... I always ask them about their son, the
> girl.
> For some reason, traditional use of words suddenly offends them.
> BJ

Alayne McGregor
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What we need is a tough new kind of feminism with no illusions. ... We
need a kind of feminism that aims not just to assimilate into the
institutions that men have created over the centuries, but to infiltrate
and subvert them. -- Barbara Ehrenreich

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