One of my favorite things to do to alleviate the tedium and drudgery of going to the laundromat is to spend the drying cycle at Article Pract, which is right down the street. I was especially excited to go there today, because I wanted to see how my ‘boys knit’ buttons were selling. I was pleased with what I saw——I gave them 50 buttons, and there are only 15 left——but I also learned something interesting. Some people didn’t want to buy them because of the word ‘boys.’
I picked the word ‘boys’ because of the name of this web site, but also because ‘boys knit’ rolls off the tongue better than ‘men knit.’ Those two ‘n’ sounds just kind of run into each other, whereas the ‘s’ of boys transmutes quite wonderfully into the ‘n’-sound in ‘knit.’ ‘Boys knit’ has a playful quality that other phrases lack. And besides, ‘men knit’ is already taken by menknit.net.
So what’s the objection? Apparently, some men don’t like to be called boys. I am entirely serious when I say that this never occurred to me. What’s behind this? Is the word ‘boys’ too diminutive? Not masculine enough? Does it sound . . . gay?
These are not rhetorical questions. I am asking your opinion. Click on that comments link down there and tell me what you think.