I think this poll is the result of some good natured joshing that happened in another poll thread. I took it all in the spirit of good humor and didn't react badly to it.
I do kind of wince every time I see 'his'. I am not the most girly, girl but I am a female... as my profile page reveals. :-) But that happens on the internet and it's not the first time I've been called a dude or guy and I've made the same mistake with others.
As far as 'should'... knowing the humor this poll arose from, I didn't take it badly. But for most 'shoulds', I am can be quite ornery... as anyone who has tried to get me to do something I'm not keen to do will know.
And one shouldn't hold their breath waiting for me to start a poll. I won't be using the results of this one to persuade me. :-)
I don't think the results of this poll will be terribly scientific! If I didn't know about the previous thread about polls, I would have wondered what on earth was going on here. By the way can you explain the term 'ornery' to me? I sometimes read it or hear it, but I don't really understand its exact meaning. I know I could use the wonders of the internet to look it up, but I much prefer humans to explain things like this to me. That's if you don't mind doing something for me!
...differentiated what it meant by location. Growing up for me, it was definitively a folk, colloquial term. Just like one uses a swear word for a particular accent (one hopes, anyhow... that it isn't a constant stream), words like this were used in my household for particular accent. I also find these sorts of words kind of old fashioned. My dad used them (he was a WWII vet to place him in an era) but I don't hear them so much anymore.
Reading it in a book, one would definitely take cues from the material to put a finer definition on what it was intended to mean.
side note: ever notice how, when Tolkien uses an obscure, archaic word, he tends to define it in the surrounding/following text. So, one might think, 'hun... wonder what that means', look it up, and then realized the definition had already been supplied. I love those subtle touches.
For no particular reason I vote yes, simply because I think eveyone inclined to make a poll should make it if they want to... May it be Magpie or someone else. Though good ideas of polls that will make people come to vote and share their opinions may not be easy to find. But simple ideas can be surprinsingly sucessful for instance my poll on : ''Which Dragon do you prefer?'' (Glaurung or Smaug). So I'll encourage people to do polls, of course that's what the 'pollantýr' is for.
also a first-born (well, to my dad . . . my half-brother is a lot older than me so we have two in the family). And I'm a real contrarian. Even when I agree with someone, if they tell me I "should" do something, I'm so tempted to do the opposite!
For instance I almost never eat red meat, but I crave steak after a conversation with a vegan.
I am aware that this tendency could make me really easy to manipulate - just tell me I "should" do the opposite of what you want me to do.