pronouns gone mad

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed May 7 17:06:00 UTC 2014

You've clearly never had a cat with multiple personality disorder.  Ableist!


On May 7, 2014, at 11:01 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> God forbid your gendered pronouns make you into an unwitting sexist.
> Arden Moore of Yahoo! today:
> "If you need a sign it is time to trim your cat's nails, nothing is clearer
> than when he perches on your lap, purrs and starts kneading your thighs
> with her front paws. But this is also a sign of affection. Experts say that
> this action beckons your adult cat back to a safe, welcoming memory when
> she was nuzzling his mother for milk as a newborn kitten. He is being
> affectionate and a bit nostalgic. "
> Back in the eighties I had one or two freshman who did this - out of
> thousands - before being corrected.
> Now it's a  bylined Web correspondent.
> JL
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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