Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sexist Words

Via Neatorama

Mark Brysbaert of the Center for Reading Research conducted a study of the English words most commonly understood specifically be either men or women. Here are the words that men know well that women don't:

codec (88, 48)
solenoid (87, 54)
golem (89, 56)
mach (93, 63)
humvee (88, 58)
claymore (87, 58)
scimitar (86, 58)
kevlar (93, 65)
paladin (93, 66)
bolshevism (85, 60)
biped (86, 61)
dreadnought (90, 66)

And here are the words that women recognize, but men generally don't:

taffeta (48, 87)
tresses (61, 93)
bottlebrush (58, 89)
flouncy (55, 86)
mascarpone (60, 90)
decoupage (56, 86)
progesterone (63, 92)
wisteria (61, 89)
taupe (66, 93)
flouncing (67, 94)
peony (70, 96)
bodice (71, 96)

2 comments:

  1. Claymore. The mine or the sword?

    It's important.

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  2. I like the word paladin. They should just call the male list "nerd words".

    I'm a female nerd...

    (But I also know all of the female words...

    I'm a word nerd.

    :)

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