And since you feel
>like it is a possessive case, do you, or anyone else, think that
>given this is really a strong proof of male supremacy over our
>females. Could any Yankee ;-) profess his/her opinion on this?
Howdy y'all - a belated welcome to the list to you Martin K. and other
>I've always thought that this would be the biggest trump in the hands of
But their apparent timidity doesn't seem to bring it up.
I know a lady who works at the Centre for Gender Studies at the
Philosophical Faculty (or
should I say Faculty of Liberal Arts?) at Charles University (Centrum pro
studia rodu pri FF
UK) who insists on dropping the "ova" for foreign names (though she can
still be caught out
saying "Thatcherova"). She says she follows the practice of her parents who
- like many
academics at the time of the First Republic - used titles such as "pani
doktor" and dropped
the "ova" for foreign names but this seems to have been considered affected
by many, so I am told, and
died out after WWII. Anyway, apparently even the women at this centre are
split on this
(non-)issue, and on the rare occasions when I have brought it up with other
lady friends here, I
usually get told that they have more important things to bloody worry about
and isn't it about
time I started ironing my own shirts?
I have a theory. Maybe in comparison with our continental cousins, we
just a bit too hung-up about the supposed hidden power of words over our
perception - we are haunted by a
word's etymology, we look for deep implicit meanings in the origins of words
which we fear might have some kind of subliminal effect on our perception
many continentals including Czechs have more of a knack of divorcing the
present-day usage of a word from its past meaning and other associations
(maybe inspired in part by their separation of real gender from grammatical
gender??:)). This would explain, for example, how
people can accept names like Fokker (or Soustek) without batting an eyelid.
Likewise the "ova" looks like a possessive form, but why worry? It's only
Pretty cool theory huh?
Some other points:
>admittedly, I may sound old-fashined, but why not bring our name endings
>with us when moving abroad
Interesting use of "our":)
>Gosh, Melvyn, how are they gonna tell us apart? Do you wear glasses, too?
I can do a passable Buddy Holly impersonation with my 25-year old National
specs - but that's all I actually wear them for. How about getting a double
act together? "You
say tomaydo and I say tomahto etc...":)
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