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Are You “Blond” or “Blonde?”


As I read Time magazine, I came across a physical description of a woman’s hair color: blond.

That got me thinking. For as long as I could remember, I have seen blond to describe a male and blonde to describe a female. The Associated Press Stylebook, which journalists use, makes this distinction. Perhaps Time has its own stylebook.

I checked my Webster dictionary, which gave this definition: “of a flaxen, golden, light auburn, or pale yellowish brown color.” But it defined both words and did  not specify gender.

I checked dictionary.com, which specified blonde as being female.

I place this in the “Both Are Correct so Pick One and be Consistent” category, although I’ll continue to make the gender distinction.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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January 29, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

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