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Police on Sunday arrested a 21-year-old girl

A 21 year old girl..




Indian English treats 'girl' as equal to 'woman' in most contexts. Likewise 'boy' == 'man'. as seen in marital partners ads '41 year old boy seeks 35 year old girl ... '

(fwiw I don't think there's anything wrong with that. Indian newspapers should use the local flavor, rather than trying to conform to (say) US English)

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That's very intriguing. I was wondering if it was diminution based on gender but if they're doing it for everyone, that makes it more interesting.

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This site probably isn't the best place for linguistic prescriptivism.

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It's not about prescriptivism. It's questioning a rather bizarre word usage in English. If I called you a "frog" you might query why I were using such an odd term. So it goes here.

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