Some public opinion please...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by dpaanlka, Jul 8, 2008.

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"Fuss" masculine or feminine?

  1. Masculine

    2 vote(s)
    7.7%
  2. Feminine

    13 vote(s)
    50.0%
  3. Unsure

    11 vote(s)
    42.3%
  1. dpaanlka macrumors 601

    dpaanlka

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    #1
    Is fuss a feminine or masculine word? As in, this product gives you results without any fuss.

    EDIT:

    Would you use the word "fuss" to market a product to men?
     
  2. arkitect macrumors 601

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    #2
    Well in German fuß (fuss) is masculine.
    But I don't think that's going to help you in this instance. :eek:

    English words don't have gender.
     
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    #3
    My knowledge of languages is not that great but does a word have to be either.

    And apart from the obivious, e.g. man, woman etc., I thought English did not differentiate words according to masculine/feminie but as always refer to point one.

    I guess that makes me "unsure" but I would've rather vote for neither.
     
  4. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

    dpaanlka

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    #4
    I am not talking about gender of the word in a language, like in German. I mean is fuss a "girly" word. Would you use "fuss" to market a product to men?
     
  5. wordmunger macrumors 603

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  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    #6
    i've used fuss before. i've heard both men and women use it.
     
  7. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    #7
    Unless you are planning to market to feminine men do not use fuss.

    I agree with WORDMUNGER, hassle is a much better fit.
     
  8. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    i pick D

    i vote for none of the above. i'd say region specific, not gender specific. i heard this used by both men and women a lot when i lived in the south (TN, TX, GA, SC) and don't see a problem with using this to market to either gender.

    but would also agree, that hassle seems a better fit.
     
  9. Whorehay macrumors 6502a

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    #9
    Fuss seems kind of feminine where I'm from...
     
  10. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    #10
    Actually I hear it more from old people than young. Is there an option for an old fogey word? ;)
     
  11. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    #11
    Well, yes, but it also means foot. ;)


    I don't feel that "fuss" carries a feminine or masculine connotation, but that would depend heavily upon the context. In what way are you looking to use it?
     
  12. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    #12
    Fuss, to me, denotes someone who is fussy.

    Feminine for sure, and you can sue me if you wish. :p
     
  13. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    #13
    Ain't got a clue on this one. Wiki says a animal. eh :rolleyes:
     
  14. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    Men can use the word 'fuss' in my opinion, but usually in the context of women having a 'fuss'.

    Hassle may be a better fit, but it's hard to tell since I'm not exactly sure what sort of sentence you're using and its context.
     
  15. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    I think it tends to connote a feminine reaction. But I'm sure that's a terribly sexist thing to say.
     
  16. prijikn macrumors newbie

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