Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Mar 11 03:37:45 UTC 2012

Yes, my point.  I was objecting below (vainly, it turns out) to "blogess" as the counterpart of "blogger", not to "blogress".  In other words, I was endorsing the analogy you criticize me for not endorsing.

"Blogess" differs from "blogette" in wearing a feminine suffix that is not a diminutive, which is why a goddess is not (or at least not necessarily) a godette, and why "governess" (while not exactly the feminine counterpart of "governor" semantically) doesn't trivialize the way "majorette" does.


On Mar 10, 2012, at 10:06 PM, Ronald Butters wrote:

> Huh? Actor: Actress = Blogger: Blogress.
> A female blog might be a blogette (as in Rockettes, majorette, bvachelorette), though admittedly a blogette could also be a little/short blog (cf. kitchenette, cigarette, affairette).
> On Mar 10, 2012, at 2:00 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> On Mar 10, 2012, at 1:50 PM, Larry Sheldon wrote:
>>> On 3/10/2012 10:09 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>>> In passing, "blogress" has an added appeal for me -- a hint of anti-progress.
>>> I'm going to have to pay closer attention--I thought the term way
>>> "blogess" not "blogress".
>> A blogess for me would be (if anything) a female blog rather than a female blogger.
>> LH

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