Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Doctrix - A Female Doctor

A female doctor
Fear not - she's not a real doctrix
(photo by Lauren Nelson)

DOCTRIX

Noun. Plural doctrices, doctrices. E17-M18
[Latin, feminine of DOCTOR noun.]

A female doctor.

Gender-specific job titles have been going out of fashion for some time now.

I do, however, rather like doctrix, and I would like to suggest that it should never fall out of use but, alas, I think it probably already has.

Do please leave your most educated comments in the box below.

8 comments:

  1. Doctrix? Sounds like a character in the Asterix books!
    Good to see you back on the interweb Ed. Hope all well.

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    1. A.N! It's been a while indeed. Glad to be back metaphorically tearing up the OED on Lexi! Good to see you here.

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  2. I would say that the only Latinate feminine agent-noun demonstrating the suffix -trix that has any currency in modern English today would be "dominatrix" chiefly because it has its own specific meaning compared to its generic male counterpart "dominator". If you've ever read old transcripts of wills you might've come across the feminine counterpart agent-noun of "executor" i.e. "executrix" (someone appointed by a testator to administer a will; an administrator) but this legal usage was really drawing attention to the then of its time unexpectedness of a woman holding a male-dominated post.

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    1. Back in the early days of Lexi, I covered the word 'administratrix' here:

      http://www.lexicolatry.com/2012/12/administratrix.html

      Again, however, not really in common use!

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