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    ebohlman, wader

    That should so totally be a word and I'm sick to death of people razzing me about it. "They" should be adopted as singular gender unspecific pronoun. I'm sick to death of reading "himself" or (and for some reason this is huge in baby and child-rearing books,  -- and my child is not a her) "herself". Then there's this thing where writers alternate between masculine and feminine. WTF? The language needs a gender neutral pronoun for hypothetical human being and all of the crap that academics have come up with so far not only sucks, it is inconsistent. "They" and all of its derivatives should be adopted as English's gender-neutral singular pronoun when applied to human beings. It has long been a part of common parlance and should be adopted formally.

    Sorry. I know that wasn't the point of your comment, but I want to start pushing that.

    Count me in the "they" caucus.

    Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

    by journeyman on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 05:58:11 AM PDT

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    •  Actually, I did put a moment of consideration (1+ / 0-)
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      into the gender and/or specificity which should be offered by the term used.  I enjoyed your reasoning.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:16:21 PM PDT

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