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Following the form of the previous examples, I understand "widower" for men--but why the form of the word with no suffix for women? Why isn't a woman called a. Those men usually posed as “widowed military men” and sent me So, for example, a divorcee will probably call their former spouse their “ex. widower. If your grandmother has died, you can call your grandfather a widower, or a man whose wife is no longer living. When a man loses his wife.

It only takes a minute to sign up. There are lots of words that have male and female forms, and usually there are alternate suffixes to the words which indicate the gender; for example, "waiter" vs. The one that has always puzzled me, though, is "widow" and "widower". Following the form of the previous examples, I understand "widower" for men--but why the form of the word with no suffix for women? Why isn't a woman called a "widowess"? I suspect because the phrase was only wkdow for women and widower is a much later literary invention.

Widow had a lot of legal implications is a man called a widow property, titles and so on.

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If the survivor of a marriage is a man called a widow a woman things got complicated before women had many q. If the survivor was a man in the middle ages it didn't really make much difference as he held all the property.

A similar question came up about illegitimate girl children, there was no word because there was no legal need to consider. For the rest - English generally doesn't have many genders anymore and those that have survived are where it was necessary to know the actual sex.

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My guess for the term starting with women is the economical independence that men have been granted throughout history. The strength of polygyny over the rarer polyandry also implies that the death of a wife wouldn't have altered a man's married state due to is a man called a widow having more than one.

The need for a male counterpart just wasn't as great. Of note, I have rarely heard "widow" refer to a man who has lost his spouse but it seems ridiculously uncommon and thus potential errors and most of the definitions I saw specifically referred to women. The shift back to gender neutral language may effect. Also, "widowed" is correct for both genders as opposed to "widowered".

Historically men would lonely seeking sex tonight West Memphis before their spouses because of their involvement in war and there were not so many men is a man called a widow by their wives hence the term widow was applied to women whose husbands have died. The term widower would have been used later in life when a need arose to distinguish between a man and woman whose spouse has died.

Widow essentially translates to "empty house" in one of webster's and the bible's opinions.

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This needing definition in and of itself, I would posit that the reference is to the fact that women had no standing couple happy far as owning anything, they could not vote, they could not buy or sell property, they could not convey property directly to another person, they were almost considered as "Chattel" themselves.

So, without a whole lot of research, this would be is a man called a widow a couple of things to me, one would be callwd the Husband of the lost wife would be merrifield MN sex dating to handle those few matters that the wife would have had standing in, as well as his own, essentially thereby performing the duties of the widow is a man called a widow you could say that he was considered the widower to that estate.

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Ask Question. Asked 8 years, 4 months ago. Active 3 years, 10 months ago. Viewed k times. Ken Taylor Ken Taylor 1 1 gold badge 2 2 silver badges 6 6 bronze badges. I think that this has something to do with is a man called a widow fact that female widows were historically much more common than male widowers, but I don't really know for sure.

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So bastard applies d? TK Js. The er ending is generally one who does. TK Kocheran Lol, I sometimes have wondered whether the "widower" should be the one adult wants real sex Barrington Hills killed the spouse, making the widow. Ken Taylor: Judy has outlived 3 is a man called a widow, Claire has only out lived one.

Judy is widower than Claire. The term widower is obviously an extension of "widow": MrHen MrHen This is a great answer, especially with the etymological information.

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I'm surprised it's that early - I would have guessed C I don't see any mention of to widow as a verb form. I personally wouldn't see anything wrong with a man saying the accident that killed his wife widowed.

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Interestingly, widow can be verbed, as is a man called a widow inchoative, usually in the passive: She was widowed last yearmeaning her husband died. But widower can't: Likewise, widow can be possessed, by the dead husband: She is Bill's widow. But, again, widower can't be: Czlled Lakoff pointed these and many other things out in her book Language and Women's Place.

Old English had on equal footing both the masculine widowa and the feminine widowe.

It is thus wrong to suggest is a man called a widow the term "started with women". Matt E. Ephraim Makwatse Ephraim Makwatse 1. Women died young callde and often the cause of death was childbirth. The husbands widod were left living, what were they called? Edward Edward 1. Featured on Meta. Congratulations to our 29 oldest beta sites - They're now no longer beta! Seeking downtown texting friend Meta Zoo 7: Interview with Nicolas.

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