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Friday, January 21, 2005


The grammarians say that English isn’t a gendered language, but the socio-linguists know better.

Everybody knows, animals are “he” until proven otherwise. Go to a zoo some time and listen to how people talk.  In children’s books too, animals are usually “he.”  Except sometimes mice.  And hippos.  Don’t ask me why.

I enjoy being a boy, but sometimes I envy the freedom of middle aged diner waitresses who can call everybody “honey” or “sweetie.”  There are times when I want to call everybody “honey” or “sweetie” too.

Beauregard in the comic strip Pogo: "I thought all cats were girls."
That's one of the nicest things in "The Odd Couple," Oscar calling Felix (and every other man) "honey," "sweetie," and other non-masculine terms of endearment.
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