Discussion in 'English Only' started by majlo, May 30, 2010.
Does the word "housewife" carry a pejorative meaning without context?
Hello Majlo. It depends who you say it to.
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?
Then the answer's "Yes".
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
Am I supposed to think that the word is neutral?
I totally agree.
EDIT: The word itself is neutral.
Thank you. That's what I was trying to find out.
And now will you tell us why you're asking, majlo?
I don't know why it would matter, but sure, it's not a secret.
Separate names with a comma.