[Ads-l] shero

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 24 14:16:10 UTC 2016


20,000 raw Google hits for "heroes and sheroes," the most popular
collocation.  It is mainly a feminist term.

I've probably heard it (mainly in themedia) a dozen times since the '80s.

See, if you say "heroine," people with think you're talking about addictive
drugs.  And in a good way! Also, "he" means - well, you know.

 JL

On Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 9:56 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 4:52 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
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> > Not, incredibly, in OED.
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> Given that this word is new to *me*, the fact that it's missing from the
> OED I don't find incredible at all. ;-)
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