I though man originally person? Although i did get
that from this:
I dont know how accurate it is! i usually take it as
--- Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> It is a cognate because English was originally a
> Germanic language and
> it is the same term in both. It did not appear in
> English by accident
> and it was not borrowed; it is just the Anglo-Saxon
> term. In
> Anglo-Saxon "man" did mean "adult human." Now its
> primary meaning is
> "adult male." Check the OED.
> And it is not "das Mann"; it is "der Mann" or it is
> "man" if you mean
> the impersonal pronoun. Gender is often arbitrary
> in German but
> sometimes it is connected. In English the word
> "man" has been
> historically used however it was most convenient.
> No one says "my
> sister is a lovely man." And "all men are created
> equal" did not mean
> women could vote or own property.
> It doesn't matter if you buy it or not; it is in the
> language, not in
> you. Gender does not refer just to words in
> languages that have
> gendered nouns. Grammatical gender is not the same
> as the term in
> culture, where it refers to socially defined roles,
> and it is now
> specifically distinguished from "sex." It has long
> been recognized that
> what are called "masculine" and "feminine"
> characteristics do not
> necessarily match genetic sex difference. That is a
> very long-term
> meaning and is no more up to you to choose or not
> than it is up to you
> to decide whether "cow" refers to a four-legged
> domestic farm animal
> from which we get milk and beef or a red cloud in
> the sky. Words have
> arbitrary meanings but they are not individual
> All this is just easily accessible information in
> dictionaries and
> linguistics, not me.
> >>> Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>
> 07/11/07 12:17 AM >>>
> Just because the englsh MAN is a cognate of the
> german MANN
> does not mean that the German word carries any of
> the same meanings
> or connotations. In German Das Mann, as I take it,
> means HUMAN.
> The word with sexual dimension is MENSCH.
> Using the word GENDER here is very confusing.
> speaking, gender is an attribute of words -- words
> can be male,
> female, neuter. People are indeified by sex, male or
> I know that the politically correct police have
> tried to coopt
> gender for various power and control porpoises, but
> I for
> one am not buying it.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Charles McElwain"
> <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 5:17 PM
> Subject: Re: a Jeremiah ...?
> > I'm not sure why you refer to the German
> impersonal "you" as
> > "annoyingly gendered".
> > At least in German, what is commonly - and
> annoyingly - used in
> > English as "man" becomes "*Das* Mann" - *neuter*
> > My own prejudices were surprised when I expected
> "Der Mann", and
> > learned "Das Mann".
> > :-)
> > Charles
> > At 12:36 PM -0400 7/10/07, Nancy Gish wrote:
> > >But that is Diana's point: in German the
> impersonal "you" would be
> > >written as "Mann": annoyingly gendered but
> accurate. I am not sure
> > >matters that he chose the "you" but "one" is a
> bit stuffy in a
> > >conversation. In any case, according to Valerie
> Eliot, "his
> > >of the sledding, for example, was taken verbatim
> from a conversation
> > >had with this niece and confidant of the Austrian
> Empress Elizabeth."
> > >
> > >Eliot was staying in Germany and spoke German,
> but she may well have
> > >spoken English. So it is not clear whether or
> not Marie simply said
> > >"you."
> > >
> > >Nancy
> > >
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