male pattern baldness (was Re: Chick)

Gregory {Greg} Downing gd2 at IS2.NYU.EDU
Fri Nov 12 20:35:36 UTC 1999

At 03:13 PM 11/12/99 -0500, you wrote:
>I listened to a description of a male suffering from "male pattern
>baldness" the other day and wondered why the description did not say
>simply that he was "bald." (It was clear from the context that he was
>Then I wondered: would fat women sound more attractive if we described
>then as suffering from, say, "female pattern fatness"?

(1) euphemism to soften the blow
(2) abstract, scientific multi-attributive
terminology ("attributive attributive abstract-noun"
is a very common -- dare I say it? -- pattern...),
in order to present the phenomenon as
more vague and more important-sounding

A very very common strategy in an era where people worry a lot about how
dictional choices might hurt their own or others' feelings, right?

Best, Greg D.

Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing at or gd2 at

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