Extraordinary words for extraordinary women
HELLOOOOO my luvsssss!!!!
I recently discovered a wonderful article regarding new alternative names that we could actively use to define woman. Generally speaking, the words we use today, “lady,” “babe,” or “girlfriend”, are so vague that they fail miserably to capture a woman’s depth and complexity. It is about time we expand our vocabulary in favor of those wonderful feminine characters!!!
It is no secret that women have been viewed as less important in western culture for centuries. Unfortunately, this has also contributed to the fact that powerful feminine terms are rarely present in english language. Basically it is not common to find “extraordinary words for extraordinary women…”
Luckily I found this wonderful article explaining that there had actually existed many wonderful terms all along… And I am not referring to antique, boring and politically incorrect descriptive words, I am actually referring to 13 wonderful names!
You will read many uncommon terms, but I guarantee you will feel identified with many of them. It is now time we can precisely describe our personality in just one word 🙂
Colleen comes from the Irish “cailin” and even though it can be translated into a “virgin”, it simply refers to an unmarried girl.
Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones) is the perfect colleen
A woman that flirts lightly without being seen as a strumpet… A coquette is just very feminine 🙂
Rachel McAdams in The Noteboot (her look says it all!)
Even though the term is used to refer to a widow, it truly represents a high-class elderly woman (with or without a husband).
Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada
Belladonna means “fair lady” in Italian, but it was known as a deadly plant used to enhance beauty in the 15th century. It is used to refer to a venomous woman, the type we all get to know at least once in a lifetime :O
Cruella de Vil, a classic belladonna…
A doyenne refers to a wonderful feminine leader that enjoys her power, authority and rank.
Hillary Clinton is clearly a doyenne
Wonderful female guardians… They are very well aware of their responsibilities!
Khaleesi (Game of Thrones)
From the irish for “my love,” a mavourneen is a darling.
Amanda Seyfried in Letters to Juliet
A termagant is basically a troublemaker. She always ends up in violent confrontations… A devote warrior!
Arya Stark (Game of Thrones)
A harridan is a vicious older woman. We tend to use the work “witch”, but harridan definitely sounds more attractive 🙂
Meleficent is the perfect harridan!!!
The new official title for a Queen!
Queen Elizabeth, the perfect regina…
An untidy and careless girl. Perfectionism is not part of the language of a slattern.
Cameron Díaz in In her shoes is the perfect slattern
A virago is a well-travelled woman. Even though the latin roots (vir for man, as in virile) implied that a virago was manlike, we no longer make this comparison… But, we can still keep the word 🙂
A vituperator is a woman who speaks her mind, often with harsh language. Very straight forward!
Miranda from Sex and the City says it all!
As for me, this is what I have discovered…
I am divided in 3 equal parts… Duenna, mavourneen and doyenne 🙂
My duenna look
My own description reveals a “charming and cute female guardian in constant search for leadership”. My leader spirit has existed all along, but it has never been easy to perceive due to my sweet appearance. And, maybe because I think “leaders are not the ones that impose, but the ones that are followed…” 🙂
As for you, which are your conclusions?
I want to know them all!!!
In the meantime, I will see you again next week 😀
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