Difference between revisions of "Gentle"

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'''Gentle''' is a gender neutral term to refer to either a gentleman or a gentlewoman; that is to say, one of gentle birth, not of noble birth but neither of common birth.
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'''Gentle''' is a gender-neutral term to refer to either a '''gentleman''' or a '''gentlewoman'''; that is to say, one of gentle [[birth]], not of [[noble]] birth but neither of common birth.
   
This is almost certainly a modern backformation, since the idea of gender neutral language is not a particularly medieval one.
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This is almost certainly a modern backformation, since the idea of gender-neutral [[language]] is not a particularly [[medieval]] one.

Latest revision as of 10:40, 19 September 2006

Gentle is a gender-neutral term to refer to either a gentleman or a gentlewoman; that is to say, one of gentle birth, not of noble birth but neither of common birth.

This is almost certainly a modern backformation, since the idea of gender-neutral language is not a particularly medieval one.