Women codgers want to be authentic codgers without sacrificing their feminine perks. So I say call them codgers if they have earned the title. Another reader, whose note flew off the moving truck as we moved away from the lake and closer to town, wondered whether a “curmudgeon” might be a rough equivalent of a codger.
Whats the female equivalent of a curmudgeon?
One example would be the generals housekeeper in the old movie White Christmas. Much as spinster should be equivalent to but ends up less complimentary than bachelor, the terms for the female counterpart of a curmudgeon are old-fashioned and rather unpleasant, words like battleaxe, old biddy, and harridan.
How do you tell a male coot from a female?
In breeding plumage, the male shows broader white shield than female. The chick is black with scattered yellow down around the head. The bare crown is reddish. The bill and the very small shield are red.
What is the female version of guys?
“Guys” can be used in English as gender neutral to refer to a group of mixed gender. You will even hear women refer to other women as “guys.” The closest linguistic equivalent with a feminine tilt would be “gals.” “Guys and gals” is a rather informal variant of “ladies and gentlemen.” (Note the reverse order.)
Can a woman be a curmudgeon?
Curmudgeons are usually cast as grumpy old men, along the lines of Walter Matthau or Andy Rooney. The truth is that they can be any gender or any age, though.
Where did the word curmudgeon come from?
It was originally believed to have come from coeur mechant, the French phrase for “evil heart,” but that theory has been long discarded. Dont worry though, youll know a curmudgeon when you see one: Hell be ill-tempered and miserly, eager to shake his fist and spout disagreeable opinions.
Is a coot bald?
Coots are water birds whose heads have the appearance of baldness. This doesnt refer to the lack of feathers on the birds head but to their white markings.