I know a lot about male tears. Four months back, my wife and I brought a little boy into the world. At this point, it is hard to say much about personality. Will he be the life of the party; will he prefer quite evenings walking on the beach; will he use GRE words in polite conversation? I’ll have to wait a bit. But one thing I can say for sure is he cries. A lot. (He also does have a ridiculously cute smile!).
Of course, all this crying makes sense given he’s barely four months old. But there will come a time when the little guy stops crying altogether. After all, grown men don’t cry. Or do they? Or, rather, did they? This insightful article explore why, about a couple hundred years back, there was a sudden cessation to weeping amongst the male species. What happened and why, and what should we do, are the three questions this article asks. (It ends up with an interesting pronouncement.) As for my little guy, I prefer the smile to tears and hope, when he is older, that he will not beat his chest and wail like Achilles.
So, this article is a little light on the vocab. Here are a few words, but I’m guessing if you are scoring above 155 you’ll recognize most of them. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure next month’s article is chock full of difficult words.