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Pronouns and Other Thoughts about Grammar

In recent years, pronouns have become complicated. First, “they” or “their” replaced “he or she” and “his or her”.  I understand why that is convenient. What I have trouble with is the addition of she/her or him/his to email signatures.  Really?

Also lately, I have added gender-related terms to my vocabulary, including cisgender, nonbinary, mx, genderfluid, genderqueer, ze and hir. I suspect we have not heard the last of this.

In other vocabulary news, the word "woke" used to (and still) means the past tense of wake.  However, it now also has a political meaning, “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice)” according to Merriam-Webster.

Which leads me to ChatGPT, an amazing, but frightening development that has academics scrambling to figure out how to keep students’ writing original.

The pace of change is a bit frightening. Especially if you are 80-something.


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I'm 61 and ChatGPT is frightening. As a student who loved writing from the very beginning of kindergarten.

I have a 16yo trans niece and a RN. Pronouns are comfortable for me as that was part of education for cultural respect.

Happy Thursday to you!


As a person with an unusual first name, I love the option to have "she/her" in my email signature because I've stopped getting emails addressed to "Mr. [last name]." ;)

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