[Ads-l] RES: Oppressive Language List

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 26 13:09:49 EDT 2021


I've never used it, and I couldn't believe it when my freshmen in the '70s
and '80s used it frequently.

Wild, isn't it?

JL

On Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 11:56 AM Joe Salmons <
000008f18d0e0c45-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu> wrote:

> I think I’ve always used it. At least I remember being surprised many
> years ago when some peevologist tried to explain to me the error of my ways.
>
> From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of
> laurence.horn at YALE.EDU <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 10:53 AM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Subject: Re: RES: Oppressive Language List
> I use “themself” all the time myself, despite my mailer/phone telling me
> it’s a typo, whenever the antecedent is “they” (sg.) or when I want to be
> non-committal.  If it’s good enough for 2d person (yourself, sg. vs.
> yourselves, pl.), it’s good enough for 3d.
>
> LH
>
> > On Jun 26, 2021, at 11:28 AM, David Daniel <dad at COARSECOURSES.COM>
> wrote:
> >
> > Themself? Among myriad other issues...
> > DAD
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> > Poster:       Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> > Subject:      Oppressive Language List
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> > No comment:
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> > https://www.brandeis.edu/parc/accountability/oppressivelanguagelist.html
> >
> > JL
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