Posted Jul 6, 2010 11:43 UTC (Tue) by samth
In reply to: s/driver/documentation/
Parent article: A line in the sand for graphics drivers
Regardless of the reasons for the origin of the use, "he" and "him" are correct when the gender is unknown or ambiguous. Other forms, no matter how common, are not good English.
This is totally false. First, the use of singular "they" is long-standing and good English, used by "Addison, Austen, Chesterfield, Fielding, Ruskin, Scott, and Shakespeare", to quote the Chicago Manual of Style.
Second, prescriptivism is wrong about language, as a general principle, and thus your second sentence is false regardless of the particular topic.
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