Shakespeare was questioned recently by a study regarding vocabulary and how it alters our sensory perception. The full article from NPR is here.
From the title, I was skeptical. I didn't think the argument held water whatsoever but by the time I read the last example (also illustrated by the "cartoon") I was a believer.
The bridge question, on the other hand, when I provided my own adjectives, they inluded expansive, sturdy, and magnificent. So...there are some masculine and feminine properties there - perhaps that's the American take on things?
Read on and see what you find - it was an eye opener.