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zvonka.rink
Slovenia

Odd words
 
Hi,
 
I would like to hear your opinion about the words for females:
 
creatrix/creatress vs creator   and
mistress vs master. 
 
Would you use these words  in a sentence if you wanted to point out the female gender or you woukld stick to the words denoting males?
 
 I īm looking forward to your ideas.

15 Jun 2017      



yanogator
United States

Hi, Zvonka,
Creatrix and Creatress aren īt words, so definitely don īt use them. We consider "creator" to be genderless, so it is fine for everyone.
 
Since "mistress" also means a married man īs girlfriend, you have to be careful using it. When it clearly means the woman in charge, then it is fine. We really don īt see the words "master" and "mistress" all that much these days.
 
Bruce 

15 Jun 2017     



Jayho
Australia

Actually Bruce, surprisingly they are indeed words (see here ). However, up until now, I have never heard them. 
 
Mistress is rarely used nowadays either. If it is used, it is interpreted to mean exactly as Bruce wrote. 
 
 

15 Jun 2017     



zvonka.rink
Slovenia

That is the problem. The words are in a dictionary but I as a non-native speaker don īt know if they are used as other words are. I solved the problem so that I used the word Creatrix Mother referring to Mother Earth since  I needed feminine nouns. I left the word master- mistress out as the word mistress can have other connotations.
Thanx. 

16 Jun 2017     



kohai
Latvia




Hmm, in this context, shouldnīt it be Mother-Creatrix (
instead of Creatrix Mother)?

16 Jun 2017     



yanogator
United States

Thanks, Jayho. I īll accept OED īs word over dictionary.com and amend my statement to say that creatrix and creatress aren īt common enough to be found at dictionary.com, although they do exist.
 
Bruce 

16 Jun 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I īve never heard those words, either. By the way, īmistress ī can be used in other ways. īMistress of all she surveys ī sounds fine, for example. 

16 Jun 2017