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Re: grammar usage (was: Re: [PATCH 4/4] services: openssh: Add 'subsyste

From: Tobias Geerinckx-Rice
Subject: Re: grammar usage (was: Re: [PATCH 4/4] services: openssh: Add 'subsystems' option.)
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:13:49 +0100
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John, I find you very rude in this thread. Please stop dismissing as
‘reproachful, judgemental, censorious, or sanctimonious’ anyone who
dares correct your unsolicited incorrections. Yelling ‘DON'T BRING IT
UP’ when they address your behaviour isn't helping your case either.

Everyone's allowing themselves one sneaky reply. Here's mine.

On 17/03/17 06:36, John Darrington wrote:
> ... according to some.

According to the vast majority of contemporary English speakers.
This is not a matter of opinion.

‘They’ has been in common use as a gender-neutral singular pronoun for
centuries. The (pseudo-)linguistic case against it remains as
unconvincing today as it was then.

> but most linguists, and many orators (the president of the Free 
> Software Foundation being one of them) consider this to be a misuse 
> of the English language and refuse to (mis)use these words for such
> a purpose.

They then promptly, disingenuously, linguistically, and politically
misuse English in order to thrust masculinity upon people against their
will, or by default. I find the whole ruse tiringly transparent.

Kind regards,

T(hey, btw) G-R

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