Re: Gender neutral - any new developments in your neck of the woods?

Subject: Re: Gender neutral - any new developments in your neck of the woods?
From: Dick Margulis <margulis -at- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 18:26:24 -0500


Dan,

Someone here--I think it was Bruce Byfield but it's possible I'm crediting the wrong person--posted ample historical precedence, dating to at least the 15th c. IIRC, for the use of _they_ as a singular pronoun. He convinced me, and I've been following that practice ever since, without even a twinge of compunction.

So here we have, at once, a positive response to the meta-question asked earlier today (yes, I was convinced by a written argument that the position I had previously held was wrong), and a data point in response to your query.

Have a good evening,

Dick

Dan Glovier (is this a psuedonymous Danny Glover, perhaps?) wrote:


Is anyone a fan of using "they" as the gender neutral singular pronoun
of choice? For example:

"The first time a user accesses their account, they will have to enter
their e-mail address and give praise to tech writers everywhere."

Not the best sentence ever inked (ethered?), but it illustrates my
point. I guess my real question is whether or not the usage above has
gained any momentum in the past year or so or is this still a sticky
subject that has several solutions?

I'm obviously never going to use:
she/he
he/she
s/he
he or she
and so on and so on and so on




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