[Ads-l] "_One(1)_ can't remember...

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 5 21:12:55 UTC 2015

whether _they(1) have_ [as opposed to _one(1)_ has"] added or subtracted a
given number, before."

Back in the day, when one began with the use of "one," one used "one"
throughout and one finished with the use of "one."

The intermediate stage was, no doubt, the unfortunate, neologistic use of
"... one(1) ... _he(1)_ ..." by the pswaydo-literate, thereby introducing
the gender "problem" into one - the only one? - of the few traditional
structures designed specifically to avoid it.

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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