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Subject:Re: women and men (was Re: Hey, take it easy!) From:"Virginia L. Krenn" <asdxvlk -at- OKWAY -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU> Date:Fri, 18 Nov 1994 14:50:52 -0600
One could probably more readily use "one" than "it".
Along this same line, if you saw a bovine animal at a distance and
could not determine whether it was a bull, cow, steer, or heifer,
would you call it one head of cattle?
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Author: "Arlen P. Walker" <Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- jci -dot- com> at SMTP
While "it" is the singular genderless pronoun provided by English, it also
carries a depersonalizing connotation, so I won't use it about a person
(except as an insult -- not good, I know, but even *I* have my cranky days).