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New Perhaps he is a . . . .


GRAMMAR NAZI
New “It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again”
Grammar Nazi? Jawohl!

Look, as Scott observes, language changes over time, and these developments are, in the long view, morally neutral. I’d personally prefer a neologism or three—for example, “shem” as one unisex pronoun—that at least keeps subject and object in agreement with respect to number, but that’s just me. I’m not going to jump on someone if they go all nonbinary on me in conversation, but I reserve the right to roll my eyes (which is apparently known as “microaggression” in some campus circles these days. Rand shrugs. Oops!).

Speaking merely of English, for I remain, unfortunately, a monoglot, the language exists in a state of tension between those who resist, and others who would aggressively further change. If the one camp has its way, English stagnates; if the latter party has its way absent some kind of cultural braking mechanism, English devolves into argot and, increasingly, into mutually incomprehensible dialects. So I range myself with the first camp, and while I’m aware that we can’t stop or even impede these things, we’re performing a useful function by slowing them down. Hell, I’m still waging rearguard actions on the lie/lay and “decimate” battlefields, even though these battles are lost.

Anyway, the issue I really wanted to raise was weed at the state-freakin’ fair.

churlishly,
New Ya gotta mention Hillary or Bernie for MM to notice it??
New Yes, We really do need a gender-neutral third-person singular personal pronoun.
We don't really have one, despite multiple efforts to create one. So we have to use "they" which is technically for anything but a definite singular because English treats "zero" and "uncertain" the same as "plural".

It does look like "they" is going to have to do the work. It has traction, after all.

Wade.
New whats wrong with dem and dose?
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" – Richard Feynman
     A “high five” to the state fair - (rcareaga) - (16)
         Re: Pronouns - (drook) - (5)
             Perhaps he is a . . . . - (Andrew Grygus) - (4)
                 “It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again” - (rcareaga) - (3)
                     Ya gotta mention Hillary or Bernie for MM to notice it?? -NT - (Another Scott)
                     Yes, We really do need a gender-neutral third-person singular personal pronoun. - (static) - (1)
                         whats wrong with dem and dose? -NT - (boxley)
         Language changes; it was ever thus. - (Another Scott)
         I wonder if the payment systems have been persuaded. - (static) - (3)
             They know under Biden they won't face federal prosecution - (drook)
             NDAA - (Another Scott) - (1)
                 Nice. -NT - (static)
         Every other highway billboard over here is selling cannabis - (malraux) - (4)
             Re: Every other highway billboard over here is selling cannabis - (rcareaga) - (3)
                 Seems to be national then. -NT - (malraux) - (2)
                     Non-prosecution isn't enough. - (crazy) - (1)
                         Maybe they should look into whether Estonian banks' debiting systems work over there. -NT - (CRConrad)

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