But NerdyPrincesses2 Mollz said the words “nex” and “riven” have “no inherent gender”. That’s not true. You know how in some languages, words have grammatical gender? For example, the French word “printemps” (the spring season) is masculine, and “pomme” (apple) is feminine.
That was the key to solving this mystery. One of those two words, “nex” or “riven”, is considered feminine in its native language. I’m sure you’ve guessed which one by now. ?
Surprised? I was. Even if Nex had never been introduced in Winx Club, I would have thought that word was masculine. It feels harsh and forceful because of the “x” at the end. Plus, as a name, it sounds like traditionally-male names like Alex, Dex (short for Dexter), and Rex (which some fans accidentally call Nex sometimes).
Maybe that’s why Rainbow felt it was fine to use “nex” as the name of a male character. Besides, grammatical gender doesn’t always match the appearance, sound, or connotation of the word. (Why do concepts and inanimate objects need genders anyway?)
So the correction I was looking for was:
Um, actually, you could say Nex has a feminine name, too, since the word “nex” is a feminine noun in Latin.
But since that’s stupidly hard (and technical), I’ll count the answer that “Sky” can also be a girl’s name. The first person to say that was NerdyPrincesses2 Mollz, so she’s the winner!
Congratulations, NerdyPrincesses2 Mollz! Tune in next week for another “Um, Actually”! (I promise it won’t be as hard as this one.)