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Re: Prefer non-gender specific pronouns

From: John Passaro
Subject: Re: Prefer non-gender specific pronouns
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2021 08:13:33 -0400

Léa, I see that in the section Ilkka quoted you were using it in the
plural. However Ilkka is exactly right; despite "they" being technically
plural, using it for somebody of undetermined gender has been in the
mainstream since long before inclusive language. "Someone left *their*
book, there's no name and I don't know who to call."

The AP and Chicago style guides, hardly reckless proponents of any
progressive vanguard, endorse this usage, though they recommend working
around it if possible ("Somebody left *a* book"). However they do
unequivocally endorse using it for somebody who declares "they" to be their
pronoun (though for now that may not have much bearing on the manual).

On Sun, Jun 6, 2021, 07:49 Léa Gris <lea.gris@noiraude.net> wrote:

> Le 06/06/2021 à 11:33, Ilkka Virta écrivait :
> > In fact, that generic 'they' is so common and accepted, that you just
> used
> > it yourself
> > in the part I quoted above.
> Either you're acting in bad faith, or you're so confused by your
> gender-neutral delusion that you don't remember that in normal people's
> grammar, "they" is a plural pronoun.
> --
> Léa Gris

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