[Ads-l] shero

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 25 19:51:12 UTC 2016


I haven't encountered this, but a number of people whose blogs I read use
"hera", as a feminine equivalent of "hero" that doesn't look (to
non-etymologists) like a diminutive or dependent form, along with the
deliberate allusion to the queen of the Greek pantheon.

Mark Mandel


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On Sun, Jan 24, 2016 at 7:44 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> > On Jan 24, 2016, at 7:11 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> =
> wrote:
> >=20
> > This very evening a satisfied customer on a weight-loss infomercial
> > exclaimed to the program's creator, "You are my shero!"
> >=20
> > JL
>
> Give that woman a shero sandwich!
>
> LH
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> > On Sun, Jan 24, 2016 at 9:16 AM, Jonathan Lighter =
> <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
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> >> 20,000 raw Google hits for "heroes and sheroes," the most popular
> >> collocation.  It is mainly a feminist term.
> >>=20
> >> I've probably heard it (mainly in themedia) a dozen times since the =
> '80s.
> >>=20
> >> 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.
> >>=20
> >> JL
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> >> On Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 9:56 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> =
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> >>> On Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 4:52 PM, Jonathan Lighter <
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> >>> wrote:
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> >>>> Not, incredibly, in OED.
> >>>=20
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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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