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Guest Curmudgeon Anthony Shapley asks...

Can you suggest any logical reason why we no longer have actresses, aviatrix, chauffeuse etc?  I don't know about you but in these days when it seems fashionable for members of the acting and modeling professions, particularly, to adopt androgynous first names, clothing, and hair styles, this particular old curmudgeon finds it very difficult to tell which is what, as it were.  With the current fashion for seemingly anorexic models one does not even have the bumps to go by!

It's ERA and women's rights jumping into the language.  That doesn't mean that, as curmudgeons, we have to agree with such changes to the language!

Barb says she too misses all those -trix words.

Is there something you read or hear that sends you up the wall?

Do tell us.  

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