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comment Comparing 気にする vs. 気になる
I added an example. Hope that helps. I think that last paragraph pretty much sums it up for any situation.
comment Would I have 牛乳 or ミルク with my cereal?
Okay, that sounds fair, since I can’t really prove it. I will delete that bullet point from my answer. But I still maintain that one can find illuminating differences in these song lyrics, like how ミルク is much more likely to be associated with adjectives like warm and sweet, while uses of 牛乳 are more literal and less poetic/mushy. Anyway, it was probably wrong for me to bunch any such connotational differences into a feminine–masculine binary.
comment Would I have 牛乳 or ミルク with my cereal?
Yes, this is very hard to back up with concrete evidence. One way I could think of was to count occurrences of each word in [song lyrics] (, and see if the singer is male or female. Of course, to extract meaningful data you would have to tally up at least a few hundred songs. But clicking through several pages of the results, it seems to me that 牛乳 songs include more male singers. Agree with me or not, the results are useful in seeing these words in context. (Since general web searches for ミルク turn up too much stuff about babies!)