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  1. 26 minutes ago, Duquesne Frog said:

     

    I assumed that is how "poule" would be pronounced.  Is it just "pool"?

     

    German was the language I took in school, so I knew about the three genders, where the words for wife and daughter (die Frau and die Tochter) are feminine but the word for girl (das Mädchen) is neuter. 

    Yes, like pool.

     

    Yeah, you also have to put the feminine ending on German nouns, so a female teacher is a lehrerin and more than one are lehrerinen, or something like that. 


  2. 2 minutes ago, Duquesne Frog said:

    So @Boston Frog, it struck me that the French use of a rooster as the national symbol seems rather patriarchal, especially as their women wear it on their national soccer uniforms ... so I was using google translate to figure out how the French say 'hen'.  Google says to most frequently used word is 'poule', but that it is also used as an insult roughly equivalent to 'tart' or 'floozy'.  The next most frequent term is 'femelle' which can also be used to mean 'bitch' (although it doesn't specify whether that is the slur use or the dog breeding use of the word).  So that leaves us with 'cocotte' which seems to be used as a term of endearment. 

     

    Maybe the French should just go with the more gender ambivalent 'chicken' or 'poulet'.  Which I assume is pronounced exactly like 'poule' since the French always drop the consonants at the ends of words?

    I don't think poule is all that insulting a word anymore. Women call each other that. I don't remember hearing it very often. Femelle is not a nice way to refer to a human, but pute (whore) is a more common word for insulting a woman. Cocotte is definitely a term of endearment. 

     

    Poulet is pronounced "pool-ay." It's more like a cooked chicken you eat. Gender is very strong in French. Everything has a gender. In German, there are three genders. Make of that what you will. 

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