|February 25th, 2022 at 9:19:52 AM permalink|
Member since: Oct 24, 2012
The Queen is still called the Duke of Lancaster
Old English has not existed for over 1000 years. But I think in all cases our pronouns come from Old English. Granted society was much different 1000 years.
Gender-neutral pronouns are defined by the LGBT Resource Centre as providing an identity for a singular person who does not identify as he/him or she/her.
"They" and "them" were still being used by literary authors to describe people in the 17th Century too - including by Jane Austin in her 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice. But starting from the 1700s people started using male pronouns when describing someone of a non-specific gender in writing.
In Old English man, mann meant "human being, person (male or female)".
The Old English word for "she" was heo, hio, however by 1200s the pronunciation of this had converged by phonetic evolution with he "he," which apparently led to the fem. demonstrative pronoun being used in place of the pronoun.
Modern day Demonstrative Pronouns are this that, these and those . A demonstrative pronoun distinguishes its antecedent from similar things. So we could talk about "those demonstrators" as opposed to "the demonstrators" which might be vague.
|February 26th, 2022 at 4:16:19 AM permalink|
Member since: Aug 6, 2014
If you are going to name your transportation system after a keneau Reeves movie
How about Speed
It's instead called "The One"
Sometimes we live no particular way but our own - Grateful Dead "Eyes of the World"
|February 28th, 2022 at 7:56:28 AM permalink|
Member since: Oct 28, 2012
'Ho' today derives from that [joke]
I'm still struck by how all these concerns about pronouns involve the third person usage. If I do not need to write about a person with special pronouns, or talk about them when not present, it's not my problem. I'm going with that.
Politics! Imagine any other activity where it is OK to openly obsess over race and ethnicity