yoyo wrote:FWIW, I think the genderedness of some of the greeting-type terms varies in different parts of the UK.
I'm still trying to work out whether "duck" is consistent over it's entire range -- the Staffordshire dialect I grew up with uses it as a gender-neutral diminutive, and I think the now-famous Nottingham duck is the same, but I don't know how far north into Yorkshire it stays like that. And now I'm in Wales, we've got "bach
" which serves precisely the same purpose.
It sometimes seems to me that which direction I'm misgendered in depends on the age of the person doing it. My suspicion is that older people still take long hair as a sufficiently feminine trait that it overrides anything else.