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Mansplaining language — 11 Comments

  1. to eviscerate and disembowel the English language?

    What you rail agin,is infact the very reason that a rather minor Germanic dialect didn’t die out around 1100, as it should have done by all the laws of linguistics, but went on to ‘borg’ the known world. It’s the reason why you don’t need to check the given gender of any noun nor inflect endings on adjectives…and heaven forbid ‘grammatical cases’ before putting pen to paper or talk like one of the cast of “‘Allo Allo”. In the world of linguistics, that which stays still is dead.

    That said, ‘mansplaining’ is an abomination….so it will probably enter the OED any day now.

    • Anything that has been around for nearly a thousand years is fine by me.  There does seem to be an avalanche of makey-uppy words hitting the language lately though.  [I’m adding “makey-uppy” to that list].  The funniest new collection is from the gender mob.

      The one thing that gives me cause to rejoice is that that horrible word “awesome” [and its even worse derivatives] seems to have disappeared into obscurity again.

      • seem to be an avalanche of makey-uppy words hitting the language lately though. 

        Yes, the internet particularly is accelerating the natural order. However, IMNSHO, new words are also dying back out almost as rapidly as they were born. MP4 will be replaced by MP5 (or whatever), CD will go the way of EP, VHS, C60 and 78s. When did you last hear of anyone ‘beboing’ or ‘Myspacing’ (crappy examples I know)? It never ceases to amuse my adult kids when their dear Papa (ie me!) uses some term from his adolescence; that I consider a ‘normal’ word but that would have them running for a dictionary if they knew what one was and could read without moving their lips.

  2. “…some hairy legged, dungaree wearing feminist…”

    Is there any other sort?

    Today the terms feminist and misandrist mean pretty much the same and are completely interchangeable.

  3. Hi Grandad,

    Thanks for sharing the video.  Yes, there are still women out here (I am a single, white, American female) who do not subscribe to the feminist message, just as the young woman in the video you shared.

    I am a professional woman with a Master’s Degree and I earn a decent salary.  I have three brothers, whom I love.  And many of my good friends are male.  I don’t subscribe to the male-bashing that the modern day feminists have resorted to.  As mentioned I am single; not because I oppose men or marriage, but because I haven’t met the right man, yet.  Maybe someday (who knows, maybe I’ll visit Ireland someday and meet a great Irishman)?

    So fellas, please take heart that there are still some women out here who appreciate men (and shave their legs everyday!).

     

     

    • Welcome N-FF!

      My policy is to treat all people the same, regardless of race colour religion, gender or whatever.  Maybe I sometimes make small adjustments for age, where I sometimes might moderate my thoughts a tad.  However, when any of the above try to treat me differently or try to assign themselves some “special status” then the gloves are off.

      Most Irish men are decent enough but I would suggest “great” would narrow the field somewhat! Apart from myself of course…

  4. Thanks for the definition of ‘mansplaining’. I’ve come across it a few times recently, but because it’s invariably included in some feminazi diatribe, I never bothered to look it up.

  5. Then I have to wonder what the term would be for a woman explaining something to a man in a condescending, overconfident, etc and so-on, manner? I bet dollars to donuts (whatever the hell that means) that there is no such term and there never will be. It would even things up too much?

    Nothing like a war with new terms that won’t last a year at best.

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