Posted by: Jack Henry | June 6, 2012

Editor’s Corner: Do they really have more fun?

I’m skipping the last day of “dis-“ and “mis-” words since I think it’s putting everyone to sleep. For the final five words in the DailyWritingTips article, click here:

Moving on, today we’ll have a look at the word “blond.” Or is it “blonde”? If you had to suffer—I mean take—four years of French, you’re probably hip to the answer. For those of you who took Spanish, German, or Japanese, here’s the scoop. (Definition from The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl™, by Mignon Fogarty.)

“The word comes to English from French, in which it has masculine and feminine forms. As an English noun, it kept those two forms; thus, a blond is a fair-haired man and a blonde is a fair-haired woman. When you are using the word as an adjective, there is only one spelling: blond.”

[KC] I’ve written some examples for you:

· They chose a blonde to play the role of Mrs. Tibbles. (noun, female)

· She remembers her husband as a blond, but the children remember their father as grey-haired. (noun, male)

· When Dotty found the long blond hair on the car seat, it reminded her of the fun she and Rosemary had on their road trip. (adjective, neutral)

Kara Church | Senior Technical Editor

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