Re: Amerind an offensive term (was: Early Amerind assimilation
Thu, 15 Aug 1996 03:55:44 GMT
: You ought to know better it is spelt "womyn" not women. Women is just a
: derivative of men wheras womyn implies and independence from men. That
I love it when amateurs venture into linguistics.
woman < wif-mon with wif="woman or wife", mon (or man)="person, somebody."
mon was not sex specific. The sex specific word for "man" has almost
completely disappeared: wergild, werewolf.
So woman (women) is not derived from ModE man (men). If you want to be
correct, and not just politically, you might say "Women implies just a
derivative of men..."
We could revive the IE *kwena, that's still in ModE as queen and quean.
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