4. the master and the mistress

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Just think about the terms Mister and Mistress; like so many other titles they once enjoyed the same status, as each had their role as the head of the house. It’s almost impossible for a woman named as a mistress to even make the case that it TAKES TWO TO TANGO. And that she – is only one half of the equation!

3. more good words for more men

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There are 220 words for sexually promiscuous women in the dictionary and they are intended to define women as wicked and wily and wilful and wrong: harlot, slag, skank, ho, ‘slut talk’ etc. And for those who want to count – there are VERY FEW WORDS FOR SEXUALLY PROMISCUOUS MEN; about 20 in all. So why this extraordinary difference in the number, and nature, of the words that refer to women’s and men’s sexuality?

2. how to make meanings

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For most of us the meanings of words are found in dictionaries; but like the words themselves, dictionaries have been created! And when it comes to the meanings of words the reality is, they were made up by men. In 1755, the first Dictionary was published by Samuel Johnson. He alone chose which words and meanings to include, and those that he selected and quoted from, came from his 500 favourite authors. Unfortunately 498 of his favourite authors were men. Of the 117,00 entries in his dictionary, 16,998 were from men with public profiles – who were known in literary and powerful circles.

1. the meaning of words

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The words we use in everyday language did not arrive on earth pure and ready made. They have been ‘invented’ over the generations by certain people who need them and use them. The words that get into the dictionary – and shape the meanings for all the community – are those of public figures who give speeches and write books and articles and make pronouncements. Their words of approval and disapproval, of praise and scorn and fear and fantasy, are the ones that have endured in books and papers and official documents.

These words – and the way they are used – are quoted and recorded, and provide the definitions of meanings for the rest of us as well.