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Re: [PATCH] Update English pronoun usage to comply with GNU Kind Communi

From: Karl Ove Hufthammer
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Update English pronoun usage to comply with GNU Kind Communication Guidelines
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2020 15:39:04 +0200
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Mikko Rantalainen skreiv 27.09.2020 14:40:
So, IMHO, this patch in an improvement to the documentation.
Your patch included lots of grammatical errors and touched lots of
places where gender-specific pronouns were not used. If you think this
kind of change is important to you, you must be the one using extra time
to come up with high quality patches.

I’m sorry if this wasn’t clear, but I am *not* the patch author. I’m just a normal gettext user.

The patch you suggested requires reader to accept "singular they" which
is not commonly used anywhere

It actually is. It’s very much on the uprise. So much that it’s been chosen as the ‘Word of The Year’ in 2019 by Merriam Webster:
And ‘Word of the Decade’ by The American Dialect Society:

and is considered an error by many, especially in formal writing.

It’s also been (to a more or less degree) accepted by major style guides, e.g., the APA Style Guide https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/grammar/singular-they.

If you want to avoid gender specific
pronouns, you have to use "he or she" (or "she or he") everywhere or
always use real prular forms or passive form for everything.

While ‘he or she’ is less gender-specific, it is a bit clumsy, and it’s actually *not* gender-neutral; i.e., it excludes non-binary gettext users.

If you*feel*  that the English*language*  must be fixed, submitting patches to
random software projects is not the way forward.

Hm, that’s a rather strange assumption about me and my intentions. While I do have many grievances about the English language (the non-existence of ‘singular they’ not being one of them, as this has been present in English for at about 600 years), it would never *occur* to me that I could try to fix them by submitting patches to random software projects. :)

Karl Ove Hufthammer

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