a little sexist?

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by Kush, Jul 23, 2005.

  1. Kush

    Kush High On Life!

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    well i saw the thread about the ms merchandise, and when i went to the site i saw that it had user id/ or alumni, i thought alumni was only for graduating, hmm so i did a search on dictionary.com to see and look what the result said.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=alumni

    i think its pretty sexist don't you, i mean if its not whats the term for a woman then?
     
  2. Kush

    Kush High On Life!

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    ok i read the paragraph at the bottom but thats stupid
     
  3. VenomXt

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    dont mess with latin. it may be dead but it is everywhere hehe.
     
  4. Petros

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    Just like peacock only refers to the male :D
     
  5. Ferral_Imp

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    The word isn't really sexist as there is a version of it for both genders(kinda like with host/hostess, steward/stewardess, actor/actress, etc). The problem is that most ppl have gotten lax in the proper use of the word and use it for both genders.
     
  6. Son Goku

    Son Goku No lover of dogma

    A lot of English is derived from Latin (as well as some other languages). It wasn't someone comming in and saying "lets make a word for men only". It's rather that they borrowed the word from Latin, and preserved the (conjugate, or whatever the different forms of the words were again...it has been well over a decade since I took any Latin).

    That's really all that's going on here...
     
  7. jimi_81

    jimi_81 Moderator Political User

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    it's an old word...
    not surprised that it means what it does
     
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    Revolution I say!
     
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  10. gonaads

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    Well duuuuh... one comes out of the other. And I do believe that is a male thing. :p

    *runs*
     
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  12. Steevo

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    Right.

    It wouldn't do running around saying "I sawr a peac***" now would it.



    But it is true that alot of what I call "accurate" words have been dropped as it is easier to use alot of simplistic terms to describe something instead of a "accurate" few.


    Right...


    So the thing is not in a square or otherwise edged shape, and has a discernable color that pertaines to its name, also having it's seeds on the inside and a covering to protect it's flesh. This covering has the same exterior color as the objects valued part, althought the covering is used in teas and cooking sometimes. The covering also has the oils that protect it from many predators as they are quite pungent bot in taste and odor and cause a numbness of the skin in quantity. You might even call it's shape spherical.


    Anyway off to work.
     
  13. Mainframeguy

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    was he talking balls? :p
     
  14. LeeJend

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    Actually the maning of words changes as time goes by. Using antiquated meanings is pointless.

    My favorite example is the expression "cute little bugger". It has fallen out of common usage today. It was commonly used to describe an attractive male child 50 years ago. 200 years ago it was used to describe a ships cabin boy who was particularly sought after for **** sex during those long boring cruises...
     
  15. Steevo

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    I was a orange.
     
  16. gonaads

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    "Ball" said the Queen. "Two i'ld be King". :D
     
  17. gonaads

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    And here I was thinking Lemon. :(
     
  18. Kush

    Kush High On Life!

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    I was an orange :lick:

    (after seeing russell peters you will undrestand why i did that)