[DWJ] Any number of threads (composite response)

Minnow minnow at belfry.org.uk
Thu Apr 19 11:12:27 EDT 2007


>Minnow asked:
>
>> Can it be that the mealy-mouthery of saying "gender" instead of "sex"
>> applies only when distinguishing between the male and the female of
>> the human species?

Philip answered:

>Nope.  Shakespeare used it of the sexual act, between amphibians.  Don't
>ask me where, but something was for them "to knot and gender in".

Yes, but that was as a verb, "gender-short-for-engender" meaning
"copulate", not in the sense of "which gender is that person" as opposed to
"which sex is that person".

>(And don't even mention electrical connectors...)

Don't tell me they now get called "feminine" and "masculine" instead of
"female" and "male"!?

Minnow





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