[Ads-l] "man non-avoidance

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Tue Oct 11 08:31:00 EDT 2016

Ryan could have used air quotes.

To return to Jon's question, Republicans.


      From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
 Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 8:05 AM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] "man non-avoidance
 No, no, no, no, no!

"Every *person* for themselves."

(Or to be even more egalitarian, "theirselves.")


On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 6:27 AM, Robin Hamilton <
robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com> wrote:

> Best case yet I've seen for the utility of the gender-neutral "they".
> "Every man for themselves" (or is that misconcorded?) could be happily
> accepted by either a fish or a bicycle.
> Well, actually, no, but it would have been (marginally) less awkward than
> what the Late Deserting "I'm not going to vote for him, but I'm still
> endorsing him" Son-of-Ann said.  Or is it the other way around?  Confusing
> times we live in ...
> Not man-people or women-people but person-peoples ...
> Robin
> On 11 October 2016 at 11:10 Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> wrote:
> Dana Bash, CNN, reports that Paul Ryan has told Republicans,
> "Every man for him or herself. I know what I just did there, but let's go
> on."
> She was embarrassed over "man" non-avoidance. Or was it just the twisted
> grammar? Many ask, "Which is a greater threat to our world?"
> JL


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