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Since: 11.7.02
From: MD

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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.29
Amazingly enough, it seems that a linguist is actually fighting back against PC-BS in, of all things, example sentences.

It's amazing that people carrying the banner of political correctness would even waste their time with such cock-and-bull BS.



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Since: 4.1.02
From: Dorchester, Ontario

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54
In one class with a male professor, I wrote a sentence involving a general example and I used 'his.' My prof commented that I "should be more gender-neutral."

Then, in a class with a female professor, I write a sentence using "his or her," and the prof accuses me of using such vague prefixes because I'm "trying to pad the word count."

Moral of the story: political correctness stinks.



"When this bogus term alternative rock was being thrown at every '70s retro rehash folk group, we were challenging people to new sonic ideas. If some little snotty anarchist with an Apple Mac and an attitude thinks he invented dance music and the big rock group is coming into his territory, [that's] ridiculous." - Bono, 1997
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Since: 3.1.02

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#3 Posted on
The English language lacks gender-neutral pronouns, except in the sense that male pronouns are used for objects of indeterminate gender. I don't really have a problem with this, but I have started using Spivak pronouns anyway.

Here's a link:

http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spivak_pronoun

Here's another:

http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?SpivakPronouns

(I love wikis)



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