Make Your Editor Cry: Blonde vs. blond
As an English noun, these originally French words kept those two gender specific forms; thus, a blond is a fair-haired man, and a blonde is a fair-haired woman.
In short, the word blonde can be used to describe a woman or girl with fair hair and the word blond can describe a man who fits that description. Either of these can also be used as an adjective depending on your flavor of English. In the US, the masculine blond is preferred while in the UK the feminine blonde is the preferred word “in all senses” according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Should you choose not to honor the word’s French roots by using the gender specific forms and rather to revert to the traditional English forms, then in the US the male gendered form blond is the more common spelling and can be used for either men or women just as the male gendered pronouns represent both sexes without bias.
Incorrect in the US:
The blond left her hair down, brushing it until the long
curls shined. His hair, though also blonde, looked duller and
Both husband and wife were blonds though her hair was shiny and his was dull.
The blonde left her hair down, brushing it until the long
curls shined. His hair, though also blond, looked duller and
Gregg Bridgeman is the Editor-in-Chief at Olivia Kimbrell Press. He is husband to best-selling Christian author Hallee Bridgeman and parent to three. He continues to proudly serve in the US Armed Forces and has done so in either an active or reserve capacity for more than twenty years as an airborne and air assault qualified paratrooper, earning a Bronze Star for his service. Most importantly, he was ordained in October of 2001 after surrendering his life to Christ decades earlier.