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08:56 Apr 20, 2000
English to Norwegian translations [PRO]
English term or phrase:My Dentist ( male or female)
Do you say "my dentist" the same way regardless of gender? Thank you!
Explanation: Most professions are treated as being gender neutral in contemporary Norwegian, f.i. Doctor, and Nurse ( to stay in the Medical Profession). We also have Engineer, Operator, Foreman, Welder, all pertaining to Industry, or Teacher and Librarian in the Humanities. In fact, I can't think of the name of any profession that is gender "biased" still in use in Norwegian, with the possible exception of "Seamstress", "Cleaning Lady", and "Chamber Maid". Has to do with the relatively strong position of Norwegian Feminist movement in later years. In fact, in Norway, it's prohibited by law to advertise jobs as being reserved for one gender only.
Roald Toskedal Norway Local time: 11:24 Native speaker of: Norwegian PRO pts in pair: 306