Re:he/she -- they

Subject: Re:he/she -- they
From: Christine Pellar-Kosbar <chrispk -at- merit -dot- edu>
To: David Chinell <dchinell -at- email -dot- msn -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 16:24:12 -0500

He/she questioners,

A better solution would be to allow both "he" and "she" to fade into obscurity
and use "they." When we speak, we often use "they" or "their" to avoid the
he/she issue. Using "they" in our writing would be less confusing than any of
the alternatives presented. We went from "thee" to "you," dropping our second
person singular and expanding the use of the plural, why not do the same with
"he" and "she" and just use "they"?

Christine Pellar-Kosbar

David Chinell wrote:

> Dick:
> Yes, you've grasped the solution I propose exactly. I know it seems strange
> at first, but surely no stranger than the other awkward, politically correct
> constructs we're wrestling with. In time (centuries) the female pronouns
> would be seen as a quaint antiquity of the English language.
> I know it's a far-fetched idea, but it still seems like the best solution to
> me.
> Thanks for at least thinking/writing through an example.
> Bear

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