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in the garden…of my MIIIIND!!!! [Jun. 27th, 2006|07:32 pm]
There are some really cool, vastly mutated Black-Eyed Susans outside (I wonder, are they ill-tempered?). They look like Black-Visored Susans, and there are two of them on the plant. They need to have their photos taken. So do I. There's an awesome little cottontail rabbit that seems to be living in the backyard, too. I keep watching it eating, and it reminds me exactly of the rabbits. The way the rabbit tilts its head to chew on a leaf, and goes up on its haunches to look about...it made me have flashbacks of when the rabbits were still alive. They live such short lives. I miss San Martin too. It seems so far away, and for the very first time it really is.

They really need to have a gender-neutral word for "his or her"...I hate calling a rabbit "it", but I have to I guess.

Ari just pulled up his extended pronoun system paradigm spreadsheet (he's such a cute dork), and recommended the third person, indeterminate gender, singular, nomitive case pronoun: 'pe'. After all, with whim does pe explain to pim for pin pis ideas, but through language?

Feel free to ask for more information about the extended pronoun system. I will gladly send you a copy of Ari's sexay ideas.

From: vianna_dufaye
2006-06-28 05:43 am (UTC)
There is a gender neutral word-
Ze (he/she)
Hir (his/her)
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[User Picture]From: rewhite
2006-06-28 02:02 pm (UTC)
Sie/Hir/Hirs/hirself is lifted from German. English once had a system not unlike German's male/female/neuter. It survives most completely in the third person pronouns. The fact of the matter is that which in German is the neuter became the inhuman in English. The insertion of Sie/Hir/Hirs/hirself into English creates a bizarre etymological redundancy, with the coexistence of a neuter and an inhuman in one language. What we need, and don't have, are pronouns for indeterminate gender. It would also be nice to undo the collapse of the cases, and restore the accusative and dative cases, eliminating the objective case. This also presents the possibility for, in some future time, restoring the instrumental case, though it is far less needed.
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