Re: Gender in language

John E Westerlage (
Thu, 26 Mar 1998 20:58:16 -0600

>As for the "superposition" of Latin grammar on English, yes, certain
>self-styled "grammarians" of yore tried to impose a Latin paradigm on
>English, with ludicrous results. The grammar of the language bent not
>a bit to their whims, but continued its natural evolution. Such
>"rules" as managed to gain some circulation in "cultured" discourse (no
>prepositions at end of phrase, etc.) are matters of usage and style, not


My favorite newfangled rule is the Latin: "It is I/he/she" rather than
English: "It is me/him/her."

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