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Re: Debian, lists and discrimination

On Tue, Aug 10, 2004 at 08:47:56PM -0300, Rob Taylor wrote:
> Anyway I do rather disagree with you that pronoun usage is at the
> same level as connector naming. For whatever reason, it does seem
> that people read 'he' as meaning a male entity, and not as a sexless
> 3rd person, and hence using 'he' extensively in will give the
> overall impression that you're talking about a male entity.

> Language shapes thought.

Any experienced linguist will tell you that language is essentially
*random*. Letting it shape your thoughts is nuts, and indicates you
aren't really thinking.

I suspect you might be objecting that the colloquial usage in a large
part of the world does not match the colloquial usage where you grew
up. That's futile; it will always be that way.

Every piece of text *must* be read with a critical and analytical
mind. Otherwise even basic comprehension is impossible - you will read
something that was not written. Like in this case. And you can't blame
the author for it.

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