Words known by men, words known by women.

/Words known by men, words known by women.

I know eleven of each. The only ones I’m not sure about are solenoid (“it’s like some engineering thing maybe?”) and decoupage (“a craft of some kind?”).

There’s probably some whole essay in here about male-versus-female socialisation that leads to word familiarity–most of the “male-known” words are STEM and “nerdy” things, most of the “female-known” ones are fashion and aesthetics–but I’ll leave that one up to someone else. Particularly because I imagine it has a very hard intersect with general socioeconomic status and thus education level (pretty much all these words I know thanks to reading a lot of genre novels and RPG sourcebooks).

 

2015-05-13T09:06:42+00:0010th August, 2014|Tags: culture, english, language|Comments Off on Words known by men, words known by women.