Patrick Dunn <[log in to unmask]> spake: > On Mon, 25 Dec 2000, abrigon wrote: > > Maybe a way to define a neutral gender, other than to use the > > normally masculine He. Maybe a new word needs to be used? > > > > Anyone know the rules of how a lingo shifts? Or other ideas. > > > > He=masculine > > She=Feminine > > Je=Neutral > > It's already happened, despite my best efforts to tstop it among my > students: > > he= masculine > she= feminine > they= neutral > > Everyone should take their books. I ran across a large page advocating 'singular their', with stuff and examples from Shakespeare ("There's not a man I meet but doth salute me, / As if I were their well-acquainted friend.") to the King James Bible ("Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.") http://www.crossmyt.com/hc/linghebr/austheir.html (An article on that site asks how one would improve "Mary saw everyone before John noticed them," but I think that's an awkward sentence to begin with...) *Muke!