Has the word "bird" again become semi-acceptable to describe a lady in a light-hearted way?
It was prevalent in our less enlightened times, of course. Yet within all the grotesque racial and sexual slurs and soundbites, there seemed to be something quite daffy and honest about describing a woman, be it one's girlfriend or just a random female about town, as a "bird".
Like everyone else, I stopped using it when lunatic women who decided they represented the views of every female in the whole world told us it was tantamount to assault. Now, however, it's back in the language, and it doesn't seem to carry any tag of offensiveness. It needs context, of course.
I rather like it. Moreover, women seem to use it too - "upper class bird"; "top bird"; "daft bird" are all expressions I've heard perfectly sane women, comfortable with their gender, use in public. Nobody with a buzzcut has smashed them across the head for showing disrespect to the Suffragettes, or something equally as extreme.