housewife

Discussion in 'English Only' started by majlo, May 30, 2010.

  1. Hello,
    Does the word "housewife" carry a pejorative meaning without context?
     
  2. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

    This septic isle!
    NW Englandish English
    Hello Majlo. It depends who you say it to.
     
  3. It's said to a woman. :) And I mean it in general. I know some women might be offended by it and some not, but purely from a linguistic point of view: is this word negative?
     
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  4. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    Ah.

    Then the answer's "Yes".

    Or "No".

    Or possibly "Possibly".



    EDIT: I wrote this when your post stood at "It's said to a woman. :)". But actually I still don't know how to answer your question. The word doesn't itself have offensive overtones like, say, "bitch". But it could certainly be intended to offend in certain situations.

    I think you're going to have to tell us why you're asking;)
     
    Last edited: May 30, 2010
  5. Am I supposed to think that the word is neutral?
     
  6. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

    This septic isle!
    NW Englandish English
    I totally agree.

    Probably.

    EDIT: The word itself is neutral.
     
  7. Thank you. That's what I was trying to find out. :)
     
  8. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    And now will you tell us why you're asking, majlo?
     

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