Andrew Hamm: the Bipolar Express

Ruminations on theatre, music, and just about anything else that crosses my bipolar brain.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Pet Peeve #3587

I hate the word "actress."

You don't call a female doctor a "doctress," or a female professor a "professoress," do you? A female actor is an actor. She acts.


  • At 7/20/2006 3:22 PM , Anonymous Phil hamm said...

    But I call a female waiter a waitress. A female taylor is a seamstress (figure that one out). The English language is inconsistent about dealing with gender specific nouns. Deal with it.

  • At 7/21/2006 12:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Word for word the exact phrase I use when describing why I refer to actors, female and male, as actors. Sorry, Phil, Andrew's got it on this one.

  • At 8/26/2006 3:02 PM , Anonymous Brad said...

    The book King Dork, by Frank Portman, has a funny section on this. Shame I can't find the passage...


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