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December 20th, 2011 (08:17 pm)

Last week at the hospital I was talking to one of Mommy's nurses about the life she'd lead. The nurse was very good at English, but it was not her first language. She said it sounded link Mommy had been quite the adventuress. Himself and I giggled and explained to the nurse the difference between an adventurer and an adventuress.

This quote from the Palm Beach Story explains it well,
"Gerry: I may not even get married again. I might become an adventuress.
Tom: I can just see you starting for China on a twenty-six foot sail boat.
Gerry: You're thinking of an adventurer, dear. An adventuress never goes on anything under three hundred feet with a crew of eighty."

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Posted by: Progressive People’s Feudalist United Front (ppfuf)
Posted at: December 21st, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)

::chuckle:: I think your mom liked sailing her own boat too much to have a crew of 80.
It's pity English seems to be losing it's gender-specific nouns.

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