Re: Gender Bias in Pronouns

Subject: Re: Gender Bias in Pronouns
From: David Ibbetson <ibbetson -at- IDIRECT -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 22:11:15 -0500

> Then I started to realize how much
>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

The English 'how are you?' is plural. A few hundred yers ago people would
say something like 'how art thou?' Indeed thee, thou, thy, thine, survive in
certain Yorkshire dialects and it's not so long ago that Quakers would use
them as a matter of course.

David (idiot boy) Ibbetson
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