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Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

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It has to be unexplained because it's wrong: the Montells are mistaking 'well' in "I'm well" for the adverb 'well' (he cooks well), whereas it's obviously the adjective 'well' meaning 'in good health' (he was unwell for a while but now he's well again). This book will have you seething with feminist rage at the way words have been used against women for centuries, but it also gives you the tools to take them back then next time you’re at a dinner party or a political podium. People tend to think of prescriptive grammar—that’s the grammar your English teacher made you learn—as this almighty, unchanging force that has been there forever, like gravity or the sun. A perfectly innocuous word devolving into a female insult is the case for tons more terms, including hussy—which simply meant housewife—or slut, which meant an untidy person and was also used to describe men. The writing was perfectly succinct and there was no babble or unnecessary tangents, it made for a great reading experience.

and the reply is, "I'm well," rather than "I'm good", that's a "common grammatical infraction" that makes them "reflexively cringe". Este libro de no-ficción ofrece una mirada feminista al uso cotidiano que le damos al inglés y explora los orígenes de tales usos.In England and Ireland, sluts were also rags dipped in lard and used in place of candles, and by the 19 th century, the word had also come to mean a female dog. Slut (archaic: slattern) is an English-language term for a person, usually a woman or girl, who is sexually promiscuous or considered to have loose sexual morals. The word was used as early as the 1300s (in the form of an adjective, sluttish, referring to a man's untidy appearance) by Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales. I'm a sucker for any book that's going to tackle any subject (such as language, in this case) with a historical lens, a heavily humorous tone, and a healthy dose of deconstructing social norms.

It is so much work to do academic survey work on people; you have to have people fill out all this ethical survey consent paperwork, you go through this huge process to make sure you're asking unbiased questions, you have to characterize the background of the participants. When used with a rising, question-like intonation 'you know' does indeed connotate hesitancy or doubt ("It's not, you know, fair") but when spoken with a flat intonation ("It's not fair, you know") it does just the reverse. Ideas were not developed in-depth, and instead felt like a spattering of study-findings and simple assertions that won't stir any new conversations.Except that just demonstrates that things said in a questioning tone sound more like questions than things that aren't. Touchstone:] Truly, and to cast away honesty upon a foul slut were / to put good meat into an unclean dish.

The specific sense of "woman who enjoys sex in a degree considered shamefully excessive" is by 1966. Sandwiched into the narrative was a discussion of grammar and how it is used to highlight intelligence or standing in society. com, deconstructs language—from insults and cursing to grammar and pronunciation patterns—to reveal the ways it has been used for centuries to keep women form gaining equality. For example, a man's masculinity can be undermined by using terms such as weak, sissy, pussy, or whipped.She said that the Steinbecks went to Sweden in the summer of 1937, and they also knew the Swedish artist and author Bo Beskow, whose mother was the children’s author Elsa Beskow. I especially enjoyed the chapters "how to embarrass the shit out of people who try to correct your grammar" and "fuck it: an ode to cursing while female. An example of this use is Samuel Pepys's diary description of his servant girl as "an admirable slut" who "pleases us mightily, doing more service than both the others and deserves wages better" (February 1664). Model and actress Amber Rose was one of the first people to conduct and take a lead for a SlutWalk for people of color. In grammar as in allegory as in life, women are considered reckless places outside the civilized male world--wild things meant to be tamed into the weak, delicate flowers we've traditionally wanted women to be.

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