Masculine is an absolute, functional good

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  1. K.

    K. Sober

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    Since gender theory seems to be Wordforge's new Iraq, here's an interesting article on Han Solo, Princess Leia, girls and boys, girls and Dads, onomastics, and semasiology, but not onomasiology, for some reason. It's from here, and I'm bolding stuff for the TLDR crowd.

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  2. garamet

    garamet "The whole world is watching."

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    My daddy left home when I was three
    And he didn't leave much to ma and me
    Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
    Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid
    But the meanest thing that he ever did
    Was before he left, he went and named me "Sue."

    Well, he must o' thought that is quite a joke
    And it got a lot of laughs from a' lots of folk,
    It seems I had to fight my whole life through.
    Some gal would giggle and I'd get red
    And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head,
    I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue."

    Something I've noticed, at least in the English-speaking world: Men seldom go by their actual given names. There always seems to be a diminutive. "Jim" instead of "James," for example, which friends and relatives inevitably turn to "Jimmy." Makes sense if it's a multisyllabic name, I suppose, but why is "Jimmy" easier to say than "James"? :shrug:
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  3. Sean the Puritan

    Sean the Puritan Endut! Hoch Hech!

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    Depends on the name.

    I'd say that in an absolute sense, men seldom go by diminutives.

    UNLESS the man in question is named Robert, William, James, or John.
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  4. Diacanu

    Diacanu Comicmike. Writer

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    Marion.

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  5. garamet

    garamet "The whole world is watching."

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    Or Michael or Matthew or Peter or Philip or Charles or Henry or...

    There are a few one-syllable names that nobody seems to mess with - Eric, Carl. Call some guy "Carly" and you're apt to need a trip to the dentist...

    Then there's that East Coast thing. "Yo, Paulie!"
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  6. Elwood

    Elwood I know what I'm about, son.

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    For reasons I don't understand, my family has used nicknames exclusively for almost 100 years. One of my great uncles is the Director of Human Resources for a Fortune 500 company, even his business card bears his nickname.
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  7. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    Qualities we consider virtuous are associated with masculinity.

    After all, the word "virtue" comes from "vir," Latin for man (see also: virile, virulent).
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  8. garamet

    garamet "The whole world is watching."

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    Then there's the origin of "hysteria."

    Easy to guess who got to create the lexicons...
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  9. Lanzman

    Lanzman Vast, Cool and Unsympathetic Formerly Important

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    <nitpick>"Eric" is two syllables.</nitpick>
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  10. Order2Chaos

    Order2Chaos Ultimate... Immortal Administrator

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    Jayne, the man they called Jayne...
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  11. Rimjob Bob

    Rimjob Bob Wordforge's Least Competent Wokelord

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    I dressed up as Daenerys Targaryen for Halloween 2013, and no daughter compelled me. OP author's a pussy.

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