Monday, April 24, 2006

"Women" Confuse Me

No, not like that. Well, yes like that, but we're not concerned with that on this blog.

I'm more confused by the word "women" when used as a modifier of a plural noun. For example, everyone always wants to call them "women executives." That sounds correct, right? But why put the modifier in the plural? You wouldn't call them "females executives." So I'm always changing this to "woman executives," which everyone in the world probably thinks is wrong, but I think is right.

So, ladies and gentlemen, lemme have it. Am I right? Or have I screwed it up once again when it comes to "women"?


Blogger courtney said...

Well, you certainly didn't screw up in the "women" departmentlast Friday...While James high-tailed it out of the building into an evening of lawless debauchery that apparently could not wait, Craig proved that chivalry is not yet dead. For a woman over 5'10", this is almost jarring to encounter.

That being said, it pains me to inform you that "females exectives" just sounds downright ridiculous. After the "s" is added to female, you no longer have a possible adjective. What you have looks more like a noun, and it's confusing. Perhaps it's that pluralizing an adjective in order to modify a plural noun is really only possible when you have a noun/adjective that does not end in an "s" when made plural, as in "women executives" or "geese exectives" or "mice exectives." But you'd never say "canines executives" or "felines exectives." That just wouldn't make a lick of sense...Perhaps we have stumbled upon a rule here: Adjectives that could also function as nouns NEVER end in "s"?

12:54 PM  
Blogger courtney said...

I would like to know why I can't edit my post, damn it.

I had misread what you posted. I meant to say I agree with you that "females executives" sounds stupid.

And I agree with you that if we can't make other adjectives plural, it's rather inconsistent to make collective adjectives plural as well.

But as you know: Women are complicated.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I prefer "female" as the adjective. Why make things more difficult than they need to be?

By the way, I just read the entire blog. I found myself wanting to switch back to wearing my glasses regularly, just so I could someday have a fighting chance at council membership. If that's wrong, I don't want to be right.

--Intern-turned-fangirl Lauren Raab

2:00 PM  
Blogger Bad D said...

"Woman executives" just sounds plain eerie to my ears. Where did you grow up, Lansing?

2:42 AM  
Blogger Craig said...

Why, yes. Thanks for asking. But "women executives" doesn't make sense. At least not in this dimension.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Emperor Ming said...

I like puppies and shiny things.

Does anyone use the term "man executives?" I think not. "Female executives" it is. But would it not be easier to just do away with giving women executive positions?

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