Monday, March 20, 2017
Les said, "You're getting crotchety in your old age." Defensively, I moaned, "Whadda ya mean: OLD?" He replied, "It is interesting that you would be offended by the OLD rather than the CROTCHETY!"
I asked, "What the Hell does crotchety mean, anyway?"
CROTCHETY: "subject to whims, crankiness, or ill-tempered." SYNONYMS: irascible, bad-tempered, irritable, grumpy, grouchy, short-tempered, tetchy, testy, curmudgeonly, ill-tempered, ill-natured, cross, peevish, waspish, crabby, crusty, prickly, touchy, snappish, snappy, cranky, and ornery.
Les said, "At least I didn't say you were IRASCIBLE." I said, "I do rather like TETCHY!"
This made me start to thinking about words which are usually just associated with those who are OLD:
Les just chimed in with:
We discussed that a great number of these are gender-specific:
FEMALE: hag, crone, battle-axe , crow, slattern, garrulous
MALE: coot, codger, hoary
So WHY are there more derogatory ones toward women? OOPS! Being CROTCHETY!