Re: Gender Bias in Pronouns

Subject: Re: Gender Bias in Pronouns
From: Tracy Boyington <trlyboyi -at- GENESIS -dot- ODVTE -dot- STATE -dot- OK -dot- US>
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 13:20:16 +0000

George Allaman wrote:

> Then I started to realize how much more
> awkward other languages are for the sake of showing respect, as in "Como
> sta usted?" (literally "How goes him?" for "How are you?") and "Comment
> allez vous?" (literally "How go you[plural]?" for "How are
> you[singular]?").

That's funny... in my head, I always considered "usted" as similar
to "one," as in "How goes one?" or "Would one care for some coffee?"
Is there a feminine version of "usted?" I can't remember the
little Spanish I learned so long ago.


Tracy Boyington
Technical Communication Specialist
Oklahoma Department of Vocational & Technical Education
Stillwater, Oklahoma

I never express opinions, but if one slips out, it belongs
to me and not ODVTE.

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