The Strange Workings Of The English Language Part One

As a writer, I love words, but I have to admit that the English language isn’t always straight forward and I feel that I’m constantly learning new things. Talking to fellow writers, it seems I’m not alone. So in this new series, I’m going to take a look at the often weird and wonderful world of words.Β 

Q. Is it blond or blonde to describe a person’s hair?

A. In the UK, for men, it’s blond. For women, you need an ‘e’ on the end so it’s blonde. In the US, the spelling tends to be blond for both males and females.

Interesting word of the week:


Meaning: A union of two vowels pronounced in one syllable e.g. boil, out and fine.



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24 Responses to The Strange Workings Of The English Language Part One

  1. Thanks for this writing tip, Esther. As someone once said: “Not a lot of people know that!” I still have serious concerns about the correct use of “THE APOSTROPHE” in spite of reading ‘Eat, Shoots and Leaves.’ I’m sure that some future guidance on this one would be much appreciated by your readers!!!

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  2. Belinda Davidson says:

    Can’t reply above the line.

    That’s interesting about blond as the French put an e on the end of all female words.

    Looking forward to the English language posts. I teach French children and I always include a tricky in each lesson. Something qwerky or unusual. Looking forward to picking up a few new ones.

    I’ve got a blog now Not posting as much as I’d like to but I’m getting there.

    Kind regards

    Belinda Davidson

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Simon says:

    You learn something everyday, I didn’t know we differentiated blond/e in the UK between men and women.

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  4. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out this interesting post from Esther Chilton’s blog on the topic of the strange working of the English Language – Part 1

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  5. Jason Moody says:

    Well I never. As a grammar expert…hang on, did I say expert? I meant idiot.

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  7. I actually use Blond in the USA and Blonde in UK…lol. Mind i tend to stay with British English

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  8. ok, is it me or have I wasted a lot of time trying to link blond/blonde with diphthong? Any way I always thought a diphthong was a South African sandal with hearing difficulties…

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  9. American English has been dumping its feminine spelling for a long time. Almost none are left.

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  10. Blonde – ‘Erin’ will be pleased with ‘E’. As for diphthong my first thought tea!

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