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I've always assumed that a journal was simply more serious.  I didn't see
gender as a part of it, but perhaps that's an unexamined bit of my
assumption.

On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 10:45 AM, David McCann <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> On Mon, 2010-10-25 at 23:36 -0700, Arthaey Angosii wrote:
>
> > "Diary" definitely has feminine/little-girl connotations; a journal is
> > a more "serious" record, although not necessarily implying a male
> > author.
>
> Would you talk about the journals of Pepys and Evelyn, then? The OED
> suggests that a journal is a record of events, not necessarily written
> daily, and having more detail than a diary. To me, one part of the
> difference is that the diary is chiefly concerned with personal matters,
> while the journal generally isn't. When the records are not made by a
> specific individual (e.g. by a society, firm, or computer), it's
> naturally a journal.
>



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