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Musings of a Tgirl

Thought for the day, the week-end even!

I’m reading Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson at the moment and I was intrigued to learn that in Chaucer’s time (14th century), a girl could mean a young person of either sex.

It reminded me of my german A level (MANY YEARS AGO!) that ‘Das Madchen’ , the girl, is neither masculine (Der) or feminine (Die).

I’m not really sure why inanimate objects like a table can be feminine (La Table, en francais) and yet girls in English and German were neither f or m.

In case anyone was wondering, I’m not suggesting for a moment that Tgirls should be neuter….ed!

Have a nice week-end

Tina xx

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March 9, 2007 - Posted by | musings of a tgirl | , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Hi Tina

    Language is a wonderful thing. It tells us what things are but often in labelling it excludes as much as it includes. By using the terms masculine and feminine society has attached certani expecations to behaviour and attitudes but there is no ‘rule’ to say that these attitudes are necessarily ‘msculine’. But language creates a category and once it is there just try getting out of it. In other words, one woman’s ‘common sense’ is another’s tyranny.

    Love the photo by the way. Where are you off this weekend?

    Kathy
    xxxx

    Comment by Katherine W-P | March 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi Tina, yes that’s true! Although Chaucer spelt it “gerl.” Gender in grammar (der/die/das or le/la etc.) seems to have almost no relationship to gender in society or even to other languages….why is the moon feminine in French but masculine in German?

    Hope you have a great weekend — take care.

    Comment by Marla | March 9, 2007 | Reply

  3. Oh Tina hon, have fun sking.

    Hugs Davina XXxx
    PS I used to like the word gurl to describe us girls but then I discovered the subject is much wider. These I’m happy with Tgirl.

    Comment by Anonymous | March 13, 2007 | Reply


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