Hur mår hen nu?
Hur mår hen nu?
Sweden Adopts a Gender-Neutral Pronoun http://j.mp/IfngkX
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Perhaps since I am not a member of the grammar police, I see this as less important than you make it. Maybe these possibilities aren't correct grammar, but all made with existing language and I suspect most people to have no problem understanding the intent.
"We have a position open for a programmer. We're expecting this person to be fluent in Python."
"We have a position open for a programmer. We're expecting them to be fluent in Python."
"We have a position open for a programmer. We're expecting him or her to be fluent in Python."
"We have a position open for a programmer. We're expecting her or him to be fluent in Python."
But, I do see your point in that specific argument - as a writer where exacting grammar is idealApr 21, 2012
- I'm not a big fan of "him or her" or "s/he" or similar, because they enforce a gender binary.Apr 21, 2012
- People usually get offended if you call them an "it"Apr 21, 2012
- Thank goodness! One of the most annoying thing about any language is gender specific pronouns.Apr 21, 2012
- If you wish, it's because English uses something called "natural gender" while lacking "grammatical gender" except in some rare cases ("God bless the Queen Mary and all who sail in her!"). This means that in English inanimate objects are referred to as "it" ("where's the Eiffel Tower?" "It's in Paris". In French this would be "Where is the (feminine) Eiffel Tower?" "She is in Paris", while in German this would be "Where is the (masculine) Eiffel Tower?" "He is in Paris"), as are parts of the body etc.
Also animals in English tend not to have genders except when regarded as (almost) people, or in prose or poetry. An old lady will refer to her dog as "he" or "she", but someone who has just swerved their car to miss the aforementioned dog would probably say "stupid dog! what's it doing in the middle of the road anyway?"Apr 21, 2012
- This is interesting! Would love to hear from some Swedes as to how it is actually being received by people there ... sounds like it is quite limited use so far?Apr 21, 2012