From: Mark Goodacre (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Sep 04 1997 - 11:38:57 EDT
David McKay wrote in response to my earlier message (much omitted):
> Mark comments:
> The enormous problem is of course the lack of an
> > inclusive word in English to render him / her etc.
> 'Whoever has ears to hear, let THEM hear' etc. ... at
> > least [it's] proper English. [paraphrased Metzger]
> But is this proper English?
Thankyou for the comments. I should respond briefly lest the great
Metzger is misrepresented. I was simply meaning to contrast the
invented word 'thon' with the 'proper English' word 'them'.
Apologies if I was misleading. Incidentally, I agree that 'Whoever .
. . them' is pretty awful.
Dr Mark Goodacre
Department of Theology
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
Tel.: +44 (0)121 414 7512 Email: M.S.Goodacre@Bham.ac.uk
Fax.: +44 (0)121 414 6866 http://www.bham.ac.uk/theology/goodacre.htm
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