pleeeeease stop referring to hypothetical software developers as "he" by default. if you quickly add "or she" afterwards you're still on my shitlist. we have a perfectly serviceable generic singular pronoun, "they" - use it
subtooting most of my coworkers rn
@chr either way, please give me work
You are currently the only person at that company who I can persuade to advocate for me
@lukedashjr @chr I don't have to redefine it because it's masculine (that it's erroneously used for the gender-neutral doesn't change that), and it might surprise you, but it's not me who is offending me. There is a perfectly serviceable gender-neutral third person pronoun in English, 'they', which (like 'you') started out as plural but can be used for the singular without any problem, and I choose to use that.
@chr it's actually a very good reminder. For a non native english speaker it's very hard to get used to that. I should use it more often.
@chr I have been trying to push this really hard at my own job—and I have the power to do it, because I GET TO USE IT IN PERFORMANCE REVIEWS. >:D
As and old geezer born in the 70s: Damn, I have to unlearn decades of personal experience.
Loosely related to your toot; similar story but positive
@chr one of my coworkers didn't realize singular they existed - and defaulted to writing "she", because he saw the problems with using "he" only and didn't know of a better solution. Iirc he was talking about software developers as well in that text.
Also, when I told him about singular they, he enthusiastically asked me how to use it and changed the text immediately.
We need more ppl like him.
@chr There are at least three schools of thoughts on the treatment of this issue, and I'm not sure if "they" is the best one... 🤔
@chr I'm also a fan of defaulting to “she” for traditionally male-dominated fields.
It annoys exactly the right people, and does a small amount of good, while not having even the potential of the stupid grammar dead end distractions.
Of course, “they” is perfectly acceptable also.
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