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Re: To be an actor or not to be an actress
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1223  Friday, 15 June 2000.

[1]     From:   John Savage <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Jun 2000 08:46:38 -0400
        Subj:   Re: To be an actor or not to be an actress

[2]     From:   Abdulla Al-Dabbagh <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Jun 2000 02:53:04 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: To be an actor or not to be an actress

[3]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Jun 2000 11:20:46 EDT
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From:           John Savage <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Jun 2000 08:46:38 -0400
Subject:        Re: To be an actor or not to be an actress

>how appalling it seems (in French) that women with professional positions
>are converted into hermaphrodites by the tendency to use only male nouns to
>describe professions.

And how appalling it is that you can have a courtyard full of women (in
French) and they're "elles."  ONE guy walks in and the whole gang of 'em
become "ils."

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From:           Abdulla Al-Dabbagh <
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Date:           Thursday, 15 Jun 2000 02:53:04 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Re: To be an actor or not to be an actress

The Official Politically Correct Dictionary & Handbook, by Henry Beard
and Christopher Cerf, Produced in conjunction with the American Hyphen
Society, (HarperCollins, 1992) does not list actress/actor, but does
suggest:

waitron: waitperson, dining room attendant for waiter/waitress.

laundron: for washerwoman.

temptron: for temptress/tempter.

The last term is accompanied by an illustration (page 61) with the
following caption:  Salome, a temptron.  Also pictured (counterclockwise
from the top) are her stepfather, King Herod; a companion animal; and
the no-longer-viable head of John the Baptist.

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Thursday, 15 Jun 2000 11:20:46 EDT
Subject:        Re: To be an actor or not to be an actress

Neither 'chairman' nor 'chairperson' ever makes it into my memos.  The
person in charge of screwing up the meeting is simply the 'chair.'  Much
cleaner.

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
 

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