maynor at CS.MSSTATE.EDU
Tue Jan 25 19:29:35 UTC 2000
Mike Salovesh wrote:
> Yes, in U.S. English there is a bias toward thinking that generic "dog"
> implies male. Listen, for example, to the frequent use of the pronoun
> "he" for any canine without regard to the animal's actual sex. "Cat",
> on the other hand, often implies "female" even if used as a generic --
For the first five or so years of my life, I thought that dogs were
males and cats were females. Then our dog had puppies.
--Natalie Maynor (maynor at ra.msstate.edu)
PS: I also thought that ponies were baby horses.
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