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Re: grammar usage

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: grammar usage
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:12:36 +0100
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On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 11:57:09AM +0100, Andy Wingo wrote:
     Hello John,

Hello Andy,
     Misgendering a guix contributor is rude.  

If deliberate, I agree that misgendering anyone, guix contributor or not, would 
be rude.  So I have never done so.

     On the grand scale of things it is worse than what you perceive to be 
misuse of language.  

I don't know what you mean by "it" in the above sentence.  If you mean rudeness,
then I agree.  If you mean an inadvertent misgendering of a person then I do 
Sometime ago, due to a misunderstanding I received a series of emails addressing
me as Frau Darrington.  I did not feel offended or insulted at all, and I cannot
imagine anyone would feel that way.

     Continuing to advocate for your idea on what good English is is unwelcome 

Perhaps.  But why is it only advocacy of *my* opinion which is unwelcome whereas
that of others is perfectly acceptable?  I feel that I am being victimised here.

     especially when this advocacy ignores the issue of misgendering.

That opinion I do reject.    I think that the occasional, inadvertent reference 
to a person with a pronoun of the incorrect gender scores very low on the scale
of world problems.  It is certainly no worse that refering to that person with
a pronoun of the wrong grammatical number.

I'm sorry that we cannot agree on this subject, but as it is orthogonal to the
remit of this mailing list, I suggest that we drop the subject and not bring
it up again.



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