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A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
note that the response was 'nobody is asking you to do that', apparently you are.
I'm convinced. Where can I mention that women are very welcome?
Posted Aug 28, 2009 21:43 UTC (Fri) by hypatiadotca (guest, #60478)
I certainly don't think that banning people who screw up pronouns is effective, but I still think it's a valid issue to bring up. I'm happy to do so in a friendly way, because I realize it's something that makes /no/ sense to many guys by default.
One really effective technique (which Miller and Swift advocate) is to simply alternate or vary your pronouns.
So in one description you refer to "he", in another "she".
The one gotcha there of course is falling back into stereotypes - if your "she" is always the graphic designer, and your "he" the programmer, well, that's not really helping either :)
Posted Aug 28, 2009 22:32 UTC (Fri) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
(I've also read things written by people who'd heard of singular they, thought it was really great, and thought they could just replace all instances of 'he' with 'they'. Of course that's a grammatical abomination.)
(and this comment is off topic. Er, sorry, is that a bikeshed, I'll go and paint it...)
Posted Aug 29, 2009 17:13 UTC (Sat) by hypatiadotca (guest, #60478)
I'm less flustered by the singlular "they". As paulj points out else-thread, this used to be a common English usage.
Posted Aug 29, 2009 21:57 UTC (Sat) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Posted Aug 29, 2009 22:31 UTC (Sat) by hypatiadotca (guest, #60478)
Posted Aug 31, 2009 22:37 UTC (Mon) by njs (guest, #40338)
Posted Aug 29, 2009 21:33 UTC (Sat) by alankila (subscriber, #47141)
Posted Aug 30, 2009 2:39 UTC (Sun) by hypatiadotca (guest, #60478)
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