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

One time on Sat, Oct 25, 2003 at 02:20:57AM +0100 this person named Pigeon wrote:
> 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. :-)

This is one of my least favorite arguments for why the language should *not* be

Douglas Hofstadter's "Person Paper on Purity In Language" from
_Metamagical Themas_:



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