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All-Purpose Pronoun: The New York Times remarks on Twitter users’ search for an “all-purpose pronoun” and argues the historical precedent for using the singular “they.”

Huh? A Pronoun That Goes Both Ways: D.N. DeLuna proposes to the Chronicle a new alternative pronoun: “hu.”

On Twitter, is it ‘he or she’ or ‘they’ or ‘ip’?: CNN reports on Twitter users frustration over the lack of adequate pronouns, and explains that the reason it is so difficult for new pronouns to be adopted is because they are “function words”: words which connect other words but have no meaning unto themselves and are especially resistant to change compared to nouns or adjectives.

‘Under God’ Iconoclast Looks to Next Targets: Mike Newdow proposes the use of “re” “erm” and “rees” as gender-neutral pronouns to the New York Times. (Only introduction and concluding paragraph are related.)

‘Yo’! Baltimore Kids Create a Pronoun: NPR reports on a phenomenon among Baltimore, MD middle- and high-school students to use “yo” as a gender-neutral third-person pronoun. Additional information is found in their blog, which is incorrectly linked in the article.


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