Le Guin on "the English generic singular pronoun"
|From:||J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, June 26, 2002, 18:59|
"... Until the sixteenth century the English generic singular pronoun was
they/them/their, as it still is in English and American colloquial speech. It
should be restored to the written language, and let the pedants and pundits
squeak and gibber in the streets." - Ursula Le Guin, from "Is Gender
Necessary? Redux" (1987 revision of a 1976 essay), _Dancing at the Edge of
the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places_
"Excess is excrement. Excrement retained in the body is poison." - Ursula K.
"O wise humanity, terribly wise humanity! Of thee I sing. How inscrutable is
the civilization where men toil and work and worry their hair gray to get a
living and forget to play!" - Lin Yutang, _The Importance of Living_