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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Sunday Rest: autocutie. Word Not To Use Today.

If ever there was a word dripping with sexist condescension it's this one.

As it happens, an autocutie isn't a female model draped over the bonnet of a car in order to sell it to inadequates, but an attractive young woman who presents TV programmes.

Mishal Husain.jpg
This is the extremely bright Mishal Husain

Autocutie is really rather a clever word (see below), but unfortunately it can only ever be used by misogynists and other morons.

Sunday Rest: autocutie. This word is based on Autocue (it's a trademark: the American equivalent is Teleprompter), a system where a television script can be read without the audience being able to see it. Cutie is a patronising term for an attractive young person, usually female. Auto- comes from the Greek autos, self. Cutie comes from cute, which occasionally still means clever (it's a shortened form of acute) but usually means unthreateningly attractive.




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