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Epicene (< Latin epicoenus < Greek epikoinos 'common to many, promiscuous') originally meant 'having the characteristics of both genders (both in the sexual and grammatical sense), and effete, as tsuwm's post showed, meant infertile. In linguistics, epicene nouns are ones in which the male and female terms for animals are the same, not different. They are both roughly synonymous in English in the meaning 'an effeminate (man)'.
Ceci n'est pas un seing.
Entire Thread Subject Posted By Posted effete wwh 01/31/04 02:22 AM Re: effete Buffalo Shrdlu 10/17/05 10:29 PM Re: effete tsuwm 10/17/05 10:47 PM Re: effete Buffalo Shrdlu 10/17/05 11:03 PM Re: effete belMarduk 10/18/05 12:25 PM Re: effete Buffalo Shrdlu 10/18/05 12:28 PM Re: effete belMarduk 10/18/05 05:09 PM Re: effete tsuwm 10/18/05 05:33 PM Re: effete tsuwm 10/18/05 05:43 PM Re: effete Buffalo Shrdlu 10/18/05 07:54 PM Re: effete Shawn F. 07/31/09 02:36 AM Re: effete zmjezhd 07/31/09 02:04 PM Re: effete klingsor 03/12/07 05:30 PM Re: effete Zed 03/13/07 07:55 PM Re: effete seapea 08/01/09 06:28 AM
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