Re: Sie/hir

Subject: Re: Sie/hir
From: Marc Santacroce <santa -at- TFS -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 1994 11:33:59 -0800

T think you are referring to Esperanto!
At 10:35 11/21/94 -0500, Laurie Rubin wrote:
>Does anyone remember the "universal language" idea that was being tossed around
>as becoming the "international language"? I think there was talk about it in
>the 1970s. The language even had a somewhat complicated name that has alluded
>me. Well, I don't think that language got off the preliminary think tank

>I can't see how something like "sie/hir" could, either! If we assume these
>names are used only for English text, I agree with Anatole that they don't
>change the bipolar use of his/her, he/she sexist thing. That is why I always
>try to use "the user" (for any user: male, female, monkey, alien, etc.) or
>"you" in my docs.

>> I have to say I don't understand "sie/hir." How is it supposed to be used,
>> and if the terms are supposed to mask gender, why are there two terms instead
>> of just one? Seems to me you could easily suppose that "sie" means "his" and
>> "hir" means "her."
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