Re: Proofreading of a part of a document about "gender neutrality"
> Come on, the only possible conclusion of this line of reasoning is
> that communication between two people is impossible.
Not at all. Humans communicated quite successfully long before
dictionaries or grammarians came about. A large portion of one's
vocabulary is learned through a mixture of (1) having heard the word
before, (2) context, and (3) similarity to / decomposition into other
words. A vast portion of one's vocabulary was *not* learned by running
for a dictionary or asking a passing linguist.
If you were studying Latin roots in the cradle then I applaud you. Most
poeple do not learn language this way.
> Anybody who reads a piece of text and expects to be offended, will
> be. Anybody who reads the same piece of text and expects not to be
> offended, won't be. The contents of the text do not matter.
I certainly wasn't talking about offense. A piece of text does not have
to be outright offensive to be worth changing, just as a bug does not
need to be RC to be worth fixing.