[LMB] Penric's Travels cover sneak peek

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Sun Sep 22 22:55:39 BST 2019

The way I learned it as a child. is "Blonde" is feminine and "Blond" is masculine. Which tells me the term comes from French; the distinction probably dates back to 1776.

There are a few paired gendered names like that. I nearly gagged when one favorite author, who apparently hadn't done his homework, included among his characters a Catholic priest (male!) named "Frances." The masculine of which is "Francis."
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Subject: Re: [LMB] Penric's Travels cover sneak peek

> On Sep 22, 2019, at 2:22 PM, Katherine Collett <kcollett at hamilton.edu> wrote:
> Question: Penric is blond -- is it blond hair for a man and blonde hair for a woman, or if the noun is hair, does it not matter? Nouns generally not having gender in English (in fact blond is pretty unusual as an adjective with gender in English).

In this thread, I wrote “blond”, Fred wrote “blonde”.   I suspect the distinction is slowly disappearing as our language changes.   There are other language issues I’m more uptight conservative about.
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