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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_

Hanuman Zhang

"Excess is excrement. Excrement retained in the body is poison." - Ursula K.
Le Guin

"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_