Toxic Femininity

Posted February 13, 2019 10:01 pm by Randall Smith

Toxic Femininity

Those who study “inflected” languages such as Latin soon confront the problem of modifiers.  Once you realize that the genitive “Marius” is modifying the nominative “book” (“the book of Marius”) then you must ask whether the book was written by Marius, belongs to Marius, or is about Marius.  So too, in English, when you say, “Silly men don’t ask for directions,” the question is whether you mean “Men who are silly don’t ask for directions” or “Men, who are silly (as a group), don’t ask for directions.”  Vocally you could indicate this by saying, “Silly men don’t ask for directions” (are you one of

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