Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Blond vs. Blonde - who will take the title?


Even the best of us can't remember every grammar rule all of the time. During a recent editing job, I had a funny situation come up with the word blond. Or is it, blonde? It's both actually. But it depends on how you use the word.

Because I speak plain English, and not hoity-toity grammar jibber-jabber, I'll break it down simply so you'll never forget.

When you're using the word as a NOUN (meaning, as a person), use blond for a dude and blonde for a dudette. 

For example: "The blonde walked into the library, eyeing the hunky blond shelving books with precision."

You know by reading this, that the first blonde is a woman, and the second blond is a male.

{For those who want to know why, it's because the English language borrowed the word blond/e from the French who use masculine and feminine noun forms.} 

But what happens when it's not a noun? Here's the simple rule: typically, when used as an ADJECTIVE, it is blond, regardless of the gender you're describing.

For example: "The girl with the luxurious, blond curls, sauntered over and laid a big, juicy kiss on my cheek."

- OR -

"The guy with the blond faux-hawk looked like a total putz."

Even though the first example describes a girl's hair and the second describes a boy's hair, the word blond in this case is still an adjective, describing the HAIR and not the PERSON. 

Quite frankly, I wish the rule were a little different and we simply used blonde for everything girl and blond for everything boy, or just lost the "e" all together and forever made it blond, so it was less confusing. But alas, no one's asked me.

So just remember, it all depends on whether you are using the word as a NOUN or an ADJECTIVE.

Noun = boy/girl versions
Adjective = blond

Hopefully, this helps shed some light on the whole blond vs. blonde battle.

{Photo credit: rhiannonceriserose & VS}

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