Gender dependent adjective/noun
I live and learn. Proofreading A Second Chance, I decided to look up the difference between blond and blonde. I knew there was a difference in spelling, tending to think if it was hair related it needed an ‘e’ but not sure about why you wouldn’t add an ‘e’. My natural assumption – it’s a British English / American English division again. But no, not on this occasion. It’s French influenced:
Blond = a male with fair hair
Blonde = a female with fair hair
I wonder how many other adjectives and nouns in the English language differ in spelling due to gender?
Thanks Pablo for the image