Re: Bits from the WNPP: RFH tag
On 02-Aug-04, 22:02 (CDT), Ben Burton <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Does Debian have a specific policy about this? 'cause I don't
> > think either (s)he or his/her type replacements are nearly as
> > aesthetic...
> Well I tend to use "they" / "their" myself, which is in fairly common
> usage. e.g.:
> If a student falls asleep in class, they will probably absorb the
> material at an inferior rate, and their exam results will suffer.
The trouble with that, of course, is that it's gramatically wrong. Yes,
I know current sloppy thinkers proclaim "they" is singular. Nuts to
them, says I.
If we're going to play the Political Correctness game, we should take the
commonly used terms 'zie' and 'zer':
Gender-neutral pronoun equivalent to "She or He" (Alternate
Gender-neutral pronoun equivalent to "Him or Her" or possessive
pronoun equivalent to "His or Her" (Alternate spelling: "Hir")
(Taken from the soc.singles FAQ, without permission but believed to be
within the bounds of "fair use", for those of you who live in a country
that still believes in such a doctrine, e.g. not the USA.)
Unusual, yes, but it scans much better that "he/she" or "his or her",
and is without the jarring inconsistency of singular "they".
 Well, commonly used on soc.singles, anyway.
The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the
world. -- seen on the net