I think I’m going to start making random posts about usage notes when I figure them out.
I don’t know if this happens to anybody else, but I sometimes get into a habit of thinking I know more than I do. And then one day, I realize that I don’t really know much of anything.
I like to think I have a pretty good handle on usage of words, but then along comes a specific word that throws me for a loop.
Blond and Blonde
Which is is? What’s the difference? When do you use one and not the other?
After a little bit of digging and some research, I have figured it out. And, yes, there is a difference.
The word blond without an e is a modifier that describes a color. Blond hair. Blond brownies. Blond man. Blond woman.
The word blonde is a noun used to refer to a woman with blond hair. Never a man.
I believe it’s a French thing. I read that somewhere.
So you can say, “There’s a blond man!” or “There’s a blond woman!” and that is correct.
Or you can say, “There’s a blonde!” or “She’s blonde” or “a blonde moment” and that is correct.
But you shouldn’t identify a man by the term blonde since it is a feminine noun.