Thursday, April 16, 2015

How Did This Happen?

I follow several people on Pinterest who occasionally post obscure words and their definitions. I'm always interested in learning new words, so I tend to enjoy these. One of the words that I found recently was "virago" which was defined as "a strong, brave, or warlike woman; a woman who demonstrates exemplary and heroic qualities." I thought this was a really cool word, so I went to dictionary.com to make sure that it was actually real. (There have actually been instances when I have found words that I really liked only to later learn that they were entirely made up.) Well, it turns out that it is a real word, but it seems that the definition they offered was a bit outdated. The dictionary.com definition was as follows "1- loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew. 2- Archaic. A woman of strength or spirit." What the fuck?! How exactly did being a strong woman turn into being a bitch? I don't give a shit! I like this word, and I fully intend to use it with it's "archaic" definition.

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  1. Sexism in action. I love this word. I'll use it as it was meant to be used.

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    1. Yeah, this one really pissed me off. I love it too, I'm thinking about making some jewelry with virago written on it :)

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    1. It's such a cool word, isn't it?

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    3. Yes, I think that I will start using it. With the "archaic" definition, of course.

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