Monday, October 11, 2010

A Housewife by Any Other Name...

I've always liked using the thesaurus because I'm nerdy like that and also because one of my biggest weaknesses in writing is that I tend to use the same words repeatedly, sometimes in sentence after sentence. Even though I'm a trained copyeditor I don't even notice myself doing it sometimes until I go back and read over what I've written. Hence, the need for and love of the thesaurus. When I was using it recently I happened to come across the word "housewife" and its amusing synonyms. According to Webster's, they are:

mistress
lady of the house
housekeeper
home economist
homemaker
family manager
wife and mother

Those sounds pretty accurate to me! A housewife certainly has a lot of significant work to do each day. I used to be a little skeptical of that until I became one. My personal favorite is "lady of the house."

And just picture the scintillating conversation you could have with someone:
..."So, what do you do?"
"I'm the lady of the house. You could also call me the mistress." :-)

7 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Mistress and Lady of the House sound a bit scandalous!

Lisa K said...

I'm totally going to start referring to myself as a Lady of the House. I hope I need to fill out forms in the near future that ask for my occupation. =)

Jessica Sorensen said...

Love it!I too like lady of the house. Makes me feel like a rich family even when we are not

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I always hate calling myself a housewife. It makes me sound a bit like my husband's property and that I'm kept in my house like a prison. Just awful. I usually say stay-at-home mom, though that isn't necessarily true when you think of all the running around I do!

Donna said...

Call yourself the mistress, it's much more exciting than stay-at-home mom! So what if you get some weird looks!? :)

Me (aka Danielle) said...

I never knew there was such an array of words for "housewife". I think my personal favorite is "Lady of the house".

P.S. It makes me nervous that you are so well versed in editing (I know I'm a weak writer).

Donna said...

Danielle don't be nervous about that! The only critique I usually have of people's writing is when it's littered with misspellings and grammatical mistakes!