• @dezmd
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    1 month ago

    Yes and languages evolve. I also worry that your same sort of historial logic can be used in favor of preserving gendered language and traditional gender definitions that is contrary to the goals here.

    I’m arguing for a standard usage, he/her for everyone covers always having a singular standardized pronoun so that they/them can be used as plural pronouns without the potential confusion that you may be talking about more than one person in the same literal contextual frame of a discussion. Preciseness of language improves the quality of communication.

    Even in that example, and perhaps the modern English translation is just incorrect in its wording, “Each man hurried… til they drew near” is still a plural representative form of usage, as ‘each man’ is an implied amount of more than a singular man.

    To say “Each man hurried… til he drew near… where William and his darling were lying together” creates a confusion of singular subject and does not work since ‘each man’ and ‘they’ represents more than a single self identifying entity.

    • Flying SquidOP
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      11 month ago

      Cool. Good luck getting people to change language they’ve used for centuries because you want them to.

      • @dezmd
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        No, not cool. Languages do in fact change over time, regardless of what you or I may think, do or want.

        I never demanded others conform to what I want, I argued in favor of an idea that has evolved over time from my own personal growth and life experiences, and it’s a suggestion that is certainly open for discussion.

        This was shared as a thought out consideration meant to improve on existing language in several ways, including:

        1. as a compromise and simplified solution on pronoun gendering,
        2. more exactness when discussing single individuals or multiple individuals,
        3. and as a pronoun that is inclusive of everyone without having to talk down to people you disagree with.

        I don’t know if you just constantly see red when you go to reply on certain thread topics, but not everything is or needs to be a reactionary agitative internet fight. Have a nice day.

        • Flying SquidOP
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          11 month ago

          You can argue your idea all you want, but language doesn’t change because someone has an idea that they think makes sense. That’s not how things work.

          • @dezmd
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            01 month ago

            That’s exactly how things work.

            Ideas affect change.

            Not every idea brings change, but exploring new and different ideas is always worth pursuing.

            Our entire civilization is built from, on, and around ideas put into actions.

            • Flying SquidOP
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              11 month ago

              That’s great. Good luck with your media campaign. Or did you plan to change the language by talking to me on Lemmy?