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Re: Gender in language (was Re: way-OT: regularity of german v. english [was: <snip>])

On Fri, Oct 24, 2003 at 12:05:14PM -0400, Nori Heikkinen wrote:
> on Fri, 24 Oct 2003 12:52:10AM +0100, Pigeon insinuated:
> > Also, what do the advocates of "gender-neutral" language do in
> > German?  And what do they do in French?
> what do you mean by advocates of gender-neutral languages?  people who
> think that nothing in english should be gendered?

People who insist on using eg. "chairperson" instead of "chairman" or
"chairwoman", and invent ugly pronouns like "hir" to do duty for both
"him" and "her" instead of using the "they" fudge that everyone else
has been happy with for centuries. :-)


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