Third person neutral pronoun!

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jan 23 20:20:15 UTC 2008

At 12:23 PM -0500 1/23/08, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>If the Welsh "hur" turns out to have been also used to refer to
>females, we have another candidate.  :-)

Puts a whole new (and very diffuse) light on the identity of "Ben
Hur", which must be the Hebrao-Welsh for 'son or daughter of him or


>At 1/23/2008 11:07 AM, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>>On Dennis Barron's comprehensive list of suggested epicene pronouns,
>>"e" or "E" is listed as being proposed in 1890, 1977, 1978, 1982,
>>1988, and 1989:
>>Perhaps it just needs to be reintroduced a few more times before it
>>catches on!
>The American Dialect Society -

The American Dialect Society -

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