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Subject:TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU From:Tim Covil <covil_t -at- WIZTEC-USA -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 13 Aug 1997 10:26:49 -0400
It calls for a "revival" of the singular use of 'they,' citing such use
by Jane Austen
and William Shakespeare among others.
Shoot, let's don't stop there. Let's revive Middle English in its
"Whilst on the File menu, thou shouldst clicketh Save. If thou dost
experienceth problems, contacteth thy account representative."
But I can see it now. A fierce debate will spring up in this newsgroup
between proponents of Middle English and Old English. It could get ugly!
>From: Williams, Diane (contractor)[SMTP:Williams_Diane -at- DOTE -dot- OSD -dot- MIL]
>Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 1997 10:22 AM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Re: use of he/she/they
>Chicago (14th ed.) has a nice "out" clause for using 'they' with a
>singular antecedent on page 76 in footnote number 9. It calls for a
>"revival" of the singular use of 'they,' citing such use by Jane Austen
>and William Shakespeare among others. I try to avoid it if possible, but
>it's apparently not a felony or even a misdemeanor anymore!
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