An ad: _baby_ > _it_

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Wed Dec 26 00:22:35 UTC 2012

The OED has this use of "it" to 1879.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

On Dec 25, 2012, at 12:36 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

> “With the Crib-Dribbler feeding system, the baby will have the alone
> time _it_ needs, and _its_ parents can enjoy some quiet time."
> And yet, there are those who have no problem at all with _baby_ >
> _they_ and who find the use of _it_ mind-bogglingly weird.
> There's no stopping the change of language.

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