_it_ WRT a person

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 22 21:39:28 UTC 2012

"[T]he _victim_ has difficulty swallowing, shows panic when presented
with liquids to drink, and cannot quench _its_ thirst."


explaining how rabies came to be called "hydrophobia"

Probably just a mindfart.


You know the guy who writes the "Hatcher" novels? In one of his books,
he uses "it" to refer to a "child" later in the paragraph revealed to
be a ten-year-old girl. That's a bit extreme, even for me.

"Different strokes," I reckon.

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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