The Problem With Calling Women 'Females'

For as long as I can remember, I've been immediately skeptical of men who use the word "female" to describe women. Before I was able to put my finger on what exactly bothered me about their use of the word, I simply relied on historical record: The men I liked and respected weren't running around talking about females… » 2/05/15 2:40pm 2/05/15 2:40pm

How Two 18th Century Women Fell in Love and Invented Modern Romance

Romance hasn't always been the stuff of bodice rippers and bad vampire movies. Back in the 18th century, the word "romantic" meant something akin to "foolish" or "fanciful." But then a bunch of hipster sentimentalists changed everything — and invented the idea of love as we know it today. » 1/05/15 11:41pm 1/05/15 11:41pm

British Vogue Thinks Any Word That's More Than One Syllable Is "Big"

An item posted on British Vogue's site today earmarks designer Zac Posen for a career in academia (that is if the whole fashion thing does continue to prove wildly successful for him) as a result of his diction, rife, they insist, with "long words" when engaged in conversation at the Victoria and Albert Museum last… » 4/17/07 8:03pm 4/17/07 8:03pm