[Ads-l] Preferred Pronoun--pragmatics and policy

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Tue Oct 11 20:48:45 EDT 2016


Cf. also the people on the Group W bench in "Alice's Restaurant 
Massacree": "Mother-rapers. Father-stabbers. Father-rapers...."

Jim Parish

On 10/11/2016 7:44 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> In HDAS in a more general sense.
>
> JL
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> On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 8:10 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
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>> There are certain classes of persons -- robocallers, Microsoft engineers
>> who claim that there is something wrong with my computer that they can fix
>> if I give them remote access to it, solicitors who call during dinner
>> hours, ... -- to whom I've long wished to give the title "fatherfucker."  I
>> suspect it will be more offensive to those classes than motherfucker, many
>> of whom have accents that suggest they come from Asian cultures
>> and thus perhaps the more conservative, easily-offended religions.
>> Perhaps not very PC, but I use what little information I can glean to
>> develop the most suitable response.
>>
>> Joel
>>
>>
>>        From: David Kendal <me at DPK.IO>
>>   To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>>   Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 5:19 PM
>>   Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Preferred Pronoun--pragmatics and policy
>>
>>> On 11 Oct 2016, at 22:26, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM
>> AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
>>> I prefer "his majesty," but it's already taken:
>>>
>>> http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/29230/
>> "Motherfucker" is also sadly gone:
>> http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comicsandcosplay/comics/
>> critical-miss/11086-We-ve-Seen-The-Future-And-It-s-NSFW
>>
>> More seriously, I started collecting resources on strange pronouns
>> a while ago and never really finished. But you can get some sense of
>> the historical attempts in this direction from what I did achieve:
>> http://dpk.io/artificialpronouns
>>
>> dpk (David P. Kendal) · Nassauische Str. 36, 10717 DE · http://dpk.io/
>>      In politics, obedience and support are the same thing.
>>                                                    — Hannah Arendt
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