Got an email from Sugar Muffin, they prefer 'they' over 'it'.
But they is only correct if Sugar Muffin is twins, so the child should learn to tolerate correct grammar.
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.
They use technology at such a young age!
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!
Did Lukas think he was a she when they were first sending those emails?
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?
Isn't there a singular gender nyetral pronoun in Swedish now? Jonas was saying something about it.
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 :)
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.
Hen is used mostly in official communications due to political correctness.
Hehe hen is a girl in Scotland
Is this "hen" business part of your "chicken"-plugin marketing campaign, Cristina?