- actor, actress
- The suffix -ess is used to form distinctively feminine nouns such as hostess, lioness, duchess, and heiress. Even before the Women's Lib movement, its use was considered offensive in such words as Jewess, Negress, and poetess, because emphasis on sex seemed irrelevant and possibly prejudicial. With an actress, however, femininity is essential to her art, so that the term is appropriate and useful. An actor, of course, is a male performer.
Dictionary of problem words and expressions. Harry Shaw. 1975.
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