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Sexism and eggs

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In a recent post about similes and metaphors I used the word ‘garrulous’.

The definition of ‘garrulous’ in the Oxford Dictionary of English is to ‘talk excessively, especially on trivial matters’. It includes this example of its use:

A garrulous woman who liked to chat about eggs

Naturally, it’s a woman doing the excessive talking. But, er, eggs? Is that the best they could come up with? Why not shoes? Or shopping? Or macroeconomics? Oh no, scrap that last one; we are, after all, talking about Mrs G.


Find out more about the sexism tucked away in various nooks and crannies in the Oxford Dictionary of English.

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