Naturally, prohibitionist Carry Nation seemed to have launched the stereotype of the battle-axe. But Hilary Clinton, Anne Coulter, and Nancy Pelosi keep the term current even though it is in recession. Maybe that's due to increased sensitivity regarding sexist and ageist language? Still, people do get off the p.c. straight-and-narrow despite the eagle eyes and sharp ears of the Language Morals Police.
If the term is used to describe a member of the military, presumably she should be at least a Major or Colonel; and never called that to her face! Lieutenants and Ensigns lack gravitas. If in the other ranks, she would have to be a senior NCO.
Among women academics, there are plenty enough battle-axes. Some achieve this status along with becoming full professors. Professordom has its factions; and the ruthless, crusty ones manage to get to the top in some departments.
No one, I mean no one, would ever call a coach a battle-axe to her face or even in print.
I'm intrigued with how women manage to attain this status. Does their Battle-axe application come with their AARP membership? Does it have to be notarized and filed at the courthouse? Lacking any knowledge of it at all, can one back into or stumble into battle-axehood? These are sobering thoughts. Or do they take classes, such as Basic Battle-axing? Are those classes approved by regional accrediting associations?
Clearly, this seems to be a place for there to be governmental participation and possible regulation. Especially if it can augment the revenue flow into governmental agencies and employ more bureaucrats. Will we see more taxation of battle-axes due to representation? Would not a battle-axe tax be a form of luxury tax, or maybe a sin tax?
Could I apply for a job as Battle-axe Inspector someday? And would that come under the Department of Defense, or the Department of Health and Human Services?
Maybe I should also find out how people manage to become cougars!