On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM, Andrew Dunstan <and...@dunslane.net> wrote: >> Happily for me, I can continue to write documents in a grammatically >> correct way, and no-one will read them and think I'm a grammar-nazi (or >> obstinate, or old-fashioned or whatever) because unless they're specifically >> looking for it no-one will notice that I'm avoiding the contentious usage >> altogether. On the other hand, there _will_ be a (perhaps significant) >> proportion of people who read your documents and think that you're incapable >> of writing a grammatically correct sentence. > > Wow, 1960s feminazis, eh? I originally thought you were just a narrow > minded, pedantic and antiquated grammarian. Now I realize that's the least > of your troubles. Please take your misogyny elsewhere. I hear the Rabid > Puppies have openings.
I think this discussion could benefit from a little more light and a lot less heat. Here's my contribution: the use of they does sometimes seek awkward. However, it's not remotely new: https://stroppyeditor.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-singular-they/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they#Older_usage_by_respected_authors http://englishbibles.blogspot.com/2006/09/singular-they-in-english-bibles.html And I do think it's generally worthwhile to avoid the use of "he" where possible. Would I have done it exactly the way that Peter did it here? Uh, no. Is it better than not doing anything? In my opinion, yes. -- Robert Haas EnterpriseDB: http://www.enterprisedb.com The Enterprise PostgreSQL Company -- Sent via pgsql-hackers mailing list (email@example.com) To make changes to your subscription: http://www.postgresql.org/mailpref/pgsql-hackers