mole poblan'

Orion Montoya gorion at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 11 22:34:59 UTC 2006

> It seems more likely that mole poblano is aggressive
> and solid-colored, whereas mole poblana is gentler and comes in shades of
> colors like taupe and mauve.

There's an Italian email forward going around, listing m/f pairs of
nouns that, in the masculine, are taken at face value, but in the
feminine, mean "hooker" or at least "slut" ("mignotta").

Reproduced here:
and expanded here and here:

Many of these are of course present in American Dialect (on topic!) as
well: "lady of the evening", "streetwalker", "professional", "sporting
woman" etc.  And possibly the 1886 "mensh" that Barry posted in 2000:

So maybe mole poblano is mole poblano, and mole poblana is a "warming

Not recommending it,


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