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#5 - Can we please have a big FJ final exams commiseration thread? …  [+] (1 new reply) 15 hours ago on Dragon Feels +1
User avatar #11 - korabakong (2 hours ago) [-]
Best of luck anyway
#13 - Comment deleted  [+] (2 new replies) 04/26/2015 on I quit part 2 +15
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#2 - It's also a reference to the Roman Senate.  [+] (2 new replies) 04/24/2015 on Uneducated Rappers +13
User avatar #4 - EdwardNigma (04/24/2015) [-]
So he keeps it batshit crazy and slightly murderous?
User avatar #42 - discobleach (04/24/2015) [-]
the roman senate had 300 members at one point
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#10 - Good point. I was probably being too technical.  [+] (6 new replies) 04/20/2015 on How dare you assume he’s... +3
User avatar #51 - vexaton (04/20/2015) [-]
It stems from German, where you used to say "Sie" with a capital S when reffering to someone in a formal manner. It's like saying "Would they like a drink?". It's perfectly acceptable, but not commonly used.

Just thought I'd hit you with some of dat knowledge shit
#115 - fefe (04/20/2015) [-]
While that's the case in German, that's definitely not the case in English. Slang != proper English, and using they when referring to a single person is nothing more than slang.

With that said, the only time I really care about this rule is when writing formally.
User avatar #125 - vexaton (04/20/2015) [-]
Dude... Imagine you are talking to a friend of yours, and they recently met someone they became friends with. This person is talking about the new friend, and you might ask "So, what do they like to do in their spare time?", because no gender has been specified. Even if the name was mentioned, it could've been a name like "Kim", "Ashley" or "Stacey", which are all androgynous.
#132 - alarubra (04/20/2015) [-]
I've only ever met one guy named Ashley, and I've never met any guys named Kim or Stacey. If any of those names were mentioned in conversation, I would assume female. Alex, Sam, and Joe, on the other hand, while more commonly male, I've also met more than one female who goes by each. So, with those I'd be less sure.
User avatar #135 - vexaton (04/20/2015) [-]
Yeah, thanks. I'm sick, and my brain is kinda foggy. Couldn't remember any more androgynous names. Kim is a pretty common guys name in Europe, I know a guy named Ashley, and Stacey Peralta was my inspiration for the last.
#121 - alarubra (04/20/2015) [-]
Anyone pushing to keep this out of formal writing is behind the times. Plenty of things that weren't accepted in formal writing in the past are today. I predict this will be one of them, very soon. It's already commonly accepted in any informal speech, and isn't a new, slang word. It's just a slightly different usage of a word that already exists.
#8 - Not to mention it would be "he or she" rather than &…  [+] (21 new replies) 04/20/2015 on How dare you assume he’s... +16
User avatar #55 - instalation (04/20/2015) [-]
While you're correct, people have accepted they as being gender neutral when in reality it really isn't, but it's common enough to be considered that. Kind of like how people pronounce .gif as g-if, even though that's wrong, enough people are wrong to the point where it's accepted.
#41 - fefe (04/20/2015) [-]
It.
User avatar #12 - iridium (04/20/2015) [-]
I prefer to use he or she in a formal context, but "they" is fine colloquially.
User avatar #11 - ketchupshinobi (04/20/2015) [-]
#128 - theelyzian (04/20/2015) [-]
Thank you for showing me this video. I always try to better my English grammar, because English is not my first language, and I want to write English books. Videos like this help a lot, and Stephen Fry is very nice to listen to.
User avatar #45 - punnyjunky (04/20/2015) [-]
Fuck I love that man.
#9 - alarubra (04/20/2015) [-]
They is a perfectly fine gender neutral third person singular pronoun, and has been in the common use that way for years. English is a living language, meaning the rules change as people use it. Plus, this avoids ridiculous "s/he" amalgamations, and "xim/xir" bullshit. So, let the language evolve, mate.
#126 - fefe (04/20/2015) [-]
Not in English class. I mean, it's okay to speak and talk like you want to, but, for the record, if you use "they" instead of "him" or "him/her," you're going to lose some points on your English test, regardless of what you believe. Him is acceptable to refer to a living, genderless or gender unknown subject, as, in language terms, masculine is defined as something that is not otherwise gender defined. Masculine is basic, and feminine is specific. It's not that masculine is superior, it's just that feminine is alternative to masculine in terms of English.
#129 - alarubra (04/20/2015) [-]
My god you're dense. I've talked about this with several English teachers, and professors. It varies between them, but most of the ones I've talked to have said they would accept it. I've actually used it that way in English papers. Never lost points for it. The rules of a living language change over the course of people using it. Grammatical rules in English are constantly being adjusted. New words are being added to the dictionary. The language is evolving to work as people use it.
#118 - fefe (04/20/2015) [-]
edwardtrollington probably has little control over the evolution of English. Regardless, the fact still stands that using they as a singular pronoun is only fine in informal situations. That's not because it's informal language; it's because it's incorrect language.

#119 - alarubra (04/20/2015) [-]
"The rules change as people use it." There are an absolute fuckton of grammatical rules that have been done away with or modified over the time English has been around. An absolute fuckton have been added as well. The language evolves. It changes based on how we need it to as a society.
User avatar #101 - wtfduud (04/20/2015) [-]
But how are we supposed to communicate with timetravelers if the language changes?
User avatar #90 - racetothebottom (04/20/2015) [-]
it's actually not, though
sure, it's probably accepted in regular speech, as are a lot of grammatical errors that have stuck

but it's absolutely wrong in any kind of formal writing
User avatar #52 - Kairyuka (04/20/2015) [-]
I prefer to call someone either he, she or "it"
User avatar #10 - edwardtrollington (04/20/2015) [-]
Good point. I was probably being too technical.
User avatar #51 - vexaton (04/20/2015) [-]
It stems from German, where you used to say "Sie" with a capital S when reffering to someone in a formal manner. It's like saying "Would they like a drink?". It's perfectly acceptable, but not commonly used.

Just thought I'd hit you with some of dat knowledge shit
#115 - fefe (04/20/2015) [-]
While that's the case in German, that's definitely not the case in English. Slang != proper English, and using they when referring to a single person is nothing more than slang.

With that said, the only time I really care about this rule is when writing formally.
User avatar #125 - vexaton (04/20/2015) [-]
Dude... Imagine you are talking to a friend of yours, and they recently met someone they became friends with. This person is talking about the new friend, and you might ask "So, what do they like to do in their spare time?", because no gender has been specified. Even if the name was mentioned, it could've been a name like "Kim", "Ashley" or "Stacey", which are all androgynous.
#132 - alarubra (04/20/2015) [-]
I've only ever met one guy named Ashley, and I've never met any guys named Kim or Stacey. If any of those names were mentioned in conversation, I would assume female. Alex, Sam, and Joe, on the other hand, while more commonly male, I've also met more than one female who goes by each. So, with those I'd be less sure.
User avatar #135 - vexaton (04/20/2015) [-]
Yeah, thanks. I'm sick, and my brain is kinda foggy. Couldn't remember any more androgynous names. Kim is a pretty common guys name in Europe, I know a guy named Ashley, and Stacey Peralta was my inspiration for the last.
#121 - alarubra (04/20/2015) [-]
Anyone pushing to keep this out of formal writing is behind the times. Plenty of things that weren't accepted in formal writing in the past are today. I predict this will be one of them, very soon. It's already commonly accepted in any informal speech, and isn't a new, slang word. It's just a slightly different usage of a word that already exists.
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