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Old 19th Jan 2007, 6:06   #101
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I think of wshaw as the southern colloquialism "pshaw".
Unfortunately - see post #77 - I've decided I must have thought of him until very recently as the tennis-player from the sixties, Winnie Shaw, who later became Winnie Wooldridge.
My heartfelt apologies, wshaw.
I also originally thought of Ang [rhyming with "hang"; originally encountered on the Booker Prize forum] as an austere Chinaman with a pigtail and John Lennon glasses. Maybe I should get out more.

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Old 19th Jan 2007, 10:26   #102
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Because of Ang Lee, the director, possibly?
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Old 21st Jan 2007, 12:48   #103
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I also originally thought of Ang [rhyming with "hang"; originally encountered on the Booker Prize forum] as an austere Chinaman with a pigtail and John Lennon glasses. Maybe I should get out more.
I find that really funny. You are not the only one here on P, and also I have been mistaken for a man on another forum (a much more male-dominated forum having to do with electronics). I grew up with the nick-name Ang as did probably every Angie in America. I had no idea it could be read any other way, so I did not set out to deceive!
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Old 21st Jan 2007, 13:10   #104
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Because of Ang Lee, the director, possibly?
It must have been this, I think, yes, although I wasn't consciously aware of the fact.

Regarding transcription, I realise that "Ang" is used to convey the same series of sounds as in "banjo" - and that "Ange" would be taken, conversely, as rhyming with "range" (or "mange"... )

But then there were all the words like "hang, "bang", "rang", "fang", "clang" "sang", "tang"... to influence my decoding (as linguists put it...)

Less linguistically and more generally speaking, the idea of how gender is both conveyed and perceived on a forum such as this - whether it's the first impression given by a screen-name, or what comes over from i) what people write about and ii) how they express themselves (and of course there is no clear-cut boundary between the two, as any writer knows) - is interesting.

Two contrasting examples from the Palimp: i) in my mind, although at first unconsciously (cf. Ang Lee), "wshaw"* was associated with the name of a British tennis-player from yonks ago, called Winnie Shaw; ii) on the other hand, I consciously wondered whether "Bookie"* was a man or a woman after reading one specific post of theirs (!) on the thread I started about favourite novels by women.

[*wshaw and Bookie: Sorry: I have without permission taken the liberty of using these two examples, and undertake to inform them by PM].

Also, does it matter? Is it possible to react to someone's ideas, and possibly to respond to them, without, if not a clear-cut idea, then at least some impression (?), of the gender of the person?

And do people mind being mistaken for someone of the opposite sex? It can happen easily somewhere like this, it sometimes happens on the phone (and here in France this invariably comes to light pretty much straight away, given that the French, when they're being polite, systematically address strangers as Monsieur and Madame); and it even occasionally happens face to face (viz. there was a very masculine woman on a summer school in choral singing I attended last summer, whom several people including myself at first thought was a man. Given that it was deliberate on her part she actually didn't mind, in fact she was quite pleased... which of course raises the question I've deliberately avoided so far of how sexual orientation comes into the equation. I say she was "very masculine": in fact she looked very masculine, and basically wore men's clothes. But there was nothing stereotypically lesbian in her language and behaviour, and the question of her sexual orientation was never broached, and why indeed should it have been. Anyway, I didn't want to bring this aspect of things in just now - even though some of you at least know that I write as a gay man - or like a gay man???? Someone once told me (contemptuously) that I smoked like a woman. Anyway, ENOUGH).

What do people think - especially those whose screen-names give (consciously or otherwise?) no obvious clue as to whether they're male or female (or indeed to what importance they attach to being one or the other... or, at least, to not being perceived as being the other...)?

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Old 21st Jan 2007, 17:55   #105
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It does not bother me one bit if people guess I am male by what I write. In fact, I think I prefer it. Ang, as in rhymes with "hang" it is... or Ang short for Angelo.
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Old 21st Jan 2007, 18:13   #106
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Ang, as in rhymes with "hang" it is... or Ang short for Angelo.
You mean people actually pronounce it to rhyme with "hang"?? And not as in the first bit of Angela???
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Old 21st Jan 2007, 21:03   #107
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You mean people actually pronounce it to rhyme with "hang"?? And not as in the first bit of Angela???
No, sorry, I was just joking - to tell you to go back to thinking I was a guy. The Banjo analysis was the correct one.

Edit: I just remembered my brother used to call me "banjo". Now that was annoying!
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Old 14th Feb 2007, 9:27   #108
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18 - Jerkass!!
This was the only one I would have guessed, and someone beat me to it. Damn.
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