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Re: Debian WWW CVS: joy

On Sat, Feb 10, 2001 at 12:23:49PM -0800, James A. Treacy wrote:
> > Changes by:	joy	01/02/10 11:32:15
> > 
> > Modified files:
> > 	english/devel/join: nm-amchecklist.wml 
> > 
> > Log message:
> > replaced all instances of he with he/she
> Debian has finally gone PC! It was just a matter of time. :)

Hmm, I didn't think this commit would be taken like politically correct... :)

I guess I'm biased... when I became an AM, my first NM applicant was
female. :)

> I have always hated this construction. Unfortunately, there
> is no generally accepted solution when one wants to avoid
> using the masculine. Please don't suggest alternating the
> gender either. IMO, the best way to handle this is to use
> 'they'. In the last 20 years, it has become more accepted
> to use it when referring to the singular case. As an example:
>   Or they can fix a bug which has already been filed and
>   send a patch to the BTS.

Ah, right. I'll use that form.

> We can discuss the acceptability of starting a sentence with
> a conjunction another time. :)


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