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Re: Genderless Lingo

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Monday, December 20, 1999, 1:35
On Sun, 19 Dec 1999, Nik Taylor wrote:

> > They are a warlike race, but also have a high sense of honor. > > Hmm, hermaphroditic Klingons? ;-)
As a science fiction afficionado (but not writer -- I've given up *grins*) I have to say that I distrust such simplistic definitions of an entire species as "warlike." Are humans warlike? Then what does one make of quakers, Gandhi, and H. D. Thoreau? If you mean they're *more* warlike than humans, how the hell did they ever get enough technology to manage space travel before they destroyed themselves?
> > But they would look at the other races genders as forms of the > > race or seperate? Maybe a word for alien or sentient (l;ike > > themselves, but different) or just adopted the names for each > > group (man or women, or human with some modification like > > Human-strong for male and Human-care or like word for a human > > female. > > Well, they'd probably have a word for "alien". Perhaps they'd use > something like "producer" for "female" and "contributor" for "male". > Perhaps they might also borrow words for "man" and "woman" as well. But > they'd probably need a word for male and female.
The advena borrow the word for "human": umn - "to be human".