Re: Debian Project Leader Election 2009: Final call for nominations.
On Mon, Mar 09, 2009 at 02:39:46PM +0100, Marco d'Itri wrote:
>>While I agree with Ben, perhaps we could retire this, the 12765th
>>iteration of this discussion, in favor of having a discussion about
>>platforms and some Q&A with the candidates?
>Maybe this is a good time to ask the candidates what is their position
>wrt this PC bullshit.
>So candidates, what do you think about this?
Not that I think this is a particularly important issue, but...
My main problem with using "he" etc. as gender-neutral prononuns is
that it sounds really old-fashioned, in en_GB at least. I'm also
unconvinced by the new made-up "sie", "hir, etc. as they're just too
uncommon: they sound awkward and the vast majority of English speakers
will have no understanding of them, making them pointless.
So, both intentionally and by default, I use "they" and "them" to
cover both singular and plural cases. Some people may complain that
they believe singular "they" to be invalid, but I don't care. English
as a language is defined by usage, not by pedants making up and
following arbitrary rules.
There are lots of discussions of this topic on the net
(e.g. ,,), so I'm not going to spend any more effort on it
Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org
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