LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||05/MAR/2017 12:53 PM|
She was kidding around! in fact, it seems one of those sufixes women like to use, but not that is restricted to them, it´s that they an eye for details and perhaps more time, or that they use more words. I don´t know.
The Economist had that item in which it refers to Dan Quayle in this way:
He will be 51 this February, but the ex-vice-president seems almost frozen in time.
From a distance, he has a wisp more grey hair, but the boyish grin is the same as ever.
On the other hand, it is used almost in a derogatory sense when it means "a girl with an appearance of a boy" (that is, with a ring of "boylike" appearance).
Womanish seems like being more derogatory than its counterpart, so it is less used.
But it can be used in "childish"
Granted, most of the time is used with negative adjectives or with a negative sense (with the ring "undesirable quality" to it), as in "foolish/bookish/slavish/
But sometimes in neutral terms as in "feverish" (also meaning with "a little bit" of fever.)
Also neutral with numbers and collors: as in yellowish/thirtyish (approximately thirty - slangy way), etc.
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