[Ads-l] Query on "huntress"

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Fri Mar 22 16:16:37 UTC 2019

Dear members of ads-l,

Today I received an inquiry with several parts concerning the word "huntress."
The message came from a woman writer wanting to clear up whether the word is
sexist and if so why.

Has anything been written on this?  Would anyone have any ideas/insight/etc. about
the semantic development of the term? (e.g., is it politically incorrect to refer to a
female hunter as a "huntress"?

Any assistance would be much appreciated.

Gerald Cohen

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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