And from a brunette, no less.

Eons ago, I was taught that blonde, with the "e," applied only to females and was only and always an adjective. When you used the hair color as a noun, it was blond without the "e."

So a blonde hostess might seat you, but a blond took your order. I remember at the time thinking that was fairly complex and weird, and I bet a lot of people messed up.

But now I'm wondering: Was it ever correct? I'm seeing nothing about what part of a sentence blonde-with-an-e can be when I look it up online.

Anybody know? I don't assume my teacher was always right.

Maryn, questioning the teachings of her youth