Following on the recent theme of gender differences in language, today I’ll look at the difference between the use of the word “masculine” and “feminine.” There are some similarities, and some differences, relative to last week’s.
As always, here’s an intro to Google’s ngram viewer, if you aren’t familiar with it.
So, how do this week’s words trend with time?
See some of my previous observations about “male” and “female” because they apply here too. They tend to rise and fall around the same times and at the same rates. Once again, around 1960, they both take off. And, as before, if one of them is going to lead the other it is going to be the finer sex that leads.
Quite some consistent trends, eh?