I admit it: I’m not very interested in the debates that seem to rage around feminism. There doesn’t seem too much to it to me other than that sexists, misogynists, MCPs and patriarchalists are dicks. Because of this lack of interest it’s not surprising that I haven’t heard the term “femmephobia” before. I’ve just seen it here, and I read elsewhere on Skepchick that it’s “a particular subset of sexism that suggests that femininity and things regarded as feminine are inherently inferior, bad, weak, stupid, non-preferable, valueless, disempowering, etc.” So you’d be very unlikely to see a femmephobic (or his* son*) wearing pink.
Femmephobia is a silly word, but I’m against the femmephobics.
*Thinking about it, I suppose femmephobics can also be women, and femmephobics might not want their daughters wearing pink either. Femmephobia must be different from insisting that both sexes adhere to their repsective stereotypes. What’s the word for that? Is that just sexism?
A new synonym for “transfer”?
Jason: “I doubt he bothered to check if the triple negative made any sense before blitting it over to an NRO editor.” http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=4363
My dad took a lot of pills every day. I don’t take any prescribed medicine at all, but I imagine that as I move from middle age into old age I will be gradually prescribed more and more. This phenomenon is known as “escalating polypharmacy” and this Telegraph article asks whether it does more harm than good.
Today’s Language Log post about Google’s n-gram viewer posits the term “microlex”, which reminded a commenter of the milliHelen, which reminded the author of the Lenat, which is, of course, the international unit of bogosity.
In an Agatha Christie story I read: “A yachting costume is not the most kindly of attires for a middle-aged man with a tendecy to embonpoint.” Embonpoint? Isn’t that something to do with needlework? Or ballet?
Who would ever guess that this word means obesity? People should use it more often. For example, on application forms:
“Any health issues?”
“A tendency to embonpoint.”
That’ll fox ’em.
As is often the case, I’m behind the loop on this one. It appears that one of the, ahem, celebrities on the latest series of Big Brother gets stuff* by asking for it from strangers who fancy her, an activity known as “rinsing“. So there you go. (And here’s my Amazon wishlist. Am I doing this right?)
*What, you may ask, do the strangers get in return? The answer is either (a) nowt or (b) don’t ask.