Monday, December 05, 2005

"Cool": It's the new pink

"Cool" is a girl word and "awesome" is a boy word. How do I know this? Because my four year old told me so.

What's weird is that I remember that rule from my own childhood. A girl in my 2nd grade class caused a scandal by wearing a shirt to school that said "Awesome!" across the front. She was dubbed Shannen the Mannen, and was forced to hang out with the other monikered kids: Pissy Chrissy and Jamie WartEater.

I had always assumed that the arbitrary genderizing of those two words was an isolated incident, but apparently we were part of a global movement and didn't even know it.

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