Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,


Since I sometimes need to explain to Leïla what various English words mean, or clarify fine points of grammar (something which I appear to be spectacularly unsuccessful at), I find myself thinking about the English language more. For example, I know what a matron and patron are, but while I know the word patronize, I've never heard the word matronize.

As it turns out, "matronize" really is a word, but unlike "patronize", it appears to have no pejorative connotations, unlike the masculine form of said word. Once again, men are reduced to second-class citizens.

/me whistles innocently as he strolls away.
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