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Postby aldan » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:00 am

SJ, thank you for such a nice job of setting forth what seems to me to be a very concise (for the subject, at least) 'definition' of the idea. You did a much better job of it than I would have, and DID, for that matter!
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Postby SirJill » Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:01 am

Aww, such praise from a man with 'Artisan Wordsmith' next to his name!
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Postby aldan » Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:23 am

Wow, someone actually called me a MAN?? I am male, and have enough years under my belt, but still... I can't think of a time when another has done so....
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Postby SirJill » Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:30 pm

We are not men, we are Devo?
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Postby aldan » Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:14 pm

Are we not clowns?
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Postby clknaps » Wed May 30, 2007 6:25 pm

This has been a fantastic discussion, I have really enjoyed reading your responses. In general I think I will side with Sir Jill, it is about connotation and the the word in relation the effectiveness of the story and the immediate setting.
I found it interesting that a lot of us have actually been "gender stereotyping" our language and not recognizing. Ah, the joys of writing, everyday we learn something new! :)

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Re: Shouting, screaming, shrieking and Yelling...

Postby KarenW » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:43 am

I like your post. I believe that a man would scream if being tortured or if in a panic. I have personally heard a man shriek, but he was kind of flighty anyway. I don't know about assigning gender to certain verbs. If so, that is helpful and here is why: if we as writers give one of our characters an opposite gender action, then we are really driving home a point about that character's personality, or the situation our character is in. So it might be incongruous for a man to shriek, but what if the situation calls for it? Just my thoughts.
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