gender-neutral pronouns as epic fails

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 3 04:27:11 UTC 2010

On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 2:57 AM, Dan Goodman <dsgood at> wrote:
> "That person."

A calque on the Japanese?

For those totally unfamiliar with that language, in general, it has no
means of disinguishing among _he she it_. As a consequence, the
culture of Japan is a shining beacon to the world WRT equality of the
sexes, clearly demonstrating the innate truth of the Whorf/Sapir

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

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