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Discussion: Pronoun

in: Samantha; Samantha > 2017-07-27

Jul 27, 2017 9:40 AM # 
Cristina:
Got an email from Sugar Muffin, they prefer 'they' over 'it'.
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Jul 27, 2017 11:56 PM # 
Capravet:
Jul 27, 2017 11:57 PM # 
Capravet:
But they is only correct if Sugar Muffin is twins, so the child should learn to tolerate correct grammar.
Jul 28, 2017 12:35 AM # 
iansmith:
I am a proponent of "they" (them, their, etc) as the gender-neutral singular pronoun. S/he is too awkward, and the other proposed alternatives are forced and contrived.
Jul 28, 2017 6:56 AM # 
Samantha:
They use technology at such a young age!
Jul 28, 2017 7:33 AM # 
Cristina:
I know! My sister has been getting emails from Lukas since he was just a wee little fetus, it's very informative to hear from her about what he's thinking!
Jul 28, 2017 11:37 AM # 
BorisGr:
Did Lukas think he was a she when they were first sending those emails?
Jul 28, 2017 7:47 PM # 
Cristina:
As a fetus Lukas was known by the gender-neutral name Rory. You'll have to ask Lukas whether he knew what was up. Send him an email?
Jul 29, 2017 11:21 PM # 
Suzanne:
Isn't there a singular gender nyetral pronoun in Swedish now? Jonas was saying something about it.
Jul 30, 2017 7:24 AM # 
Samantha:
I think that there may be one officially, but I don't think I've seen it used. Not that I do too much reading in Swedish :)
Jul 30, 2017 7:35 AM # 
Cristina:
Singular they has been in use in English for centuries and seems to be holding ground against new forms. Both Swedish and Norwegian have new pronouns but I don't think they're widely used. Of course I can't speak for the popularity of the Swedish one ("hen") in Swedish but I have seen it used a couple of times (and only a couple of times, in six years) in Norwegian.

ETA> Just looked it up and apparently people proposed "hin" in Norwegian years ago but "hen", stolen from Swedish, has gained popularity instead. "Hen" is what I have seen used in Norway. Seems like the Swedes are more into it than the Norwegians.
Jul 30, 2017 9:30 AM # 
bubo:
Hen is used mostly in official communications due to political correctness.
Aug 1, 2017 9:40 AM # 
Acampbell:
Hehe hen is a girl in Scotland
Aug 1, 2017 3:16 PM # 
iansmith:
Is this "hen" business part of your "chicken"-plugin marketing campaign, Cristina?

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