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Old 01-17-2019, 12:29 AM   #35
stuartjmz
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Originally Posted by Bookpossum View Post
Thanks for that link, Bookworm-Girl. I can see the value of having a gender neutral pronoun.

I still suggest that it was not in use 50 years ago, even though it had been used in earlier times. The language keeps changing.
Its use was proscribed by many 50 years ago, part of the same mindset that insisted that splitting infinitives or ending sentences with prepositions is wrong. David Crystal has a really good section in his book The Fight For English on the challenge of helping English teachers who were brought up in that ill-informed prescriptivist system to adjust to the more descriptivist style of English grammar instruction being adopted in many places over the last couple of decades.

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