Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

What was the thought process behind why words like woman and female were derived from words like man and male?

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  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    probably why they dont have a willy !!!! better then males being called willy wankers ....

  • 1 month ago

    May 25, 2018 — We like to think of ourselves as unbiased and objective in our ... at which specific attributes were more often assigned to men and to women.

  • 1 month ago

    It is not a thought process.  It is etymology.  So look up the word. for its etymology..  This used to be covered in freshman English in high school.

  • JOHN B
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    The thought: we have to differentiate the sexes. Duh!

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  • GiGi
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    I am assuming it is because men were the first model and women were the upgrade.

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The word female comes from the Latin femella, the diminutive form of femina, meaning "woman"; it is not etymologically related to the word male, which is from the Old French masle (adj.) "masculine, male, adult," also used as a noun  from Latin masculus "masculine, male, worthy of a man" but in the late 14th century the spelling of female was altered in English to parallel the spelling of male.

    Also male and female can refer to either sex or gender or a shape of connectors.

  • Tina
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Andy - in OE and later 'wif' meant 'woman' which is why you get the expression 'married wife' in quite late Scottish usage. It sounds tautological but it isn't. You get it in English too - there were henwives (women who were not married to hens, but kept them) gingerbread wives (again, they did not marry gingerbread, but sold it) and spaewives (female fortune tellers) as well as 'old wives' tales' which were not confined to elderly married ladies

    The OE wifman attaches the female word 'wif' to the gender neutral man to produce 'female person' 'female human being.'

    The thinking is not quite so male-dominated as it appears.

  • God
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Why because men were able to dominate women because they are generally bigger and stronger.

  • 1 month ago

    God created women out of the rib of adam because he was lonely.

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