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Re: What would you ask him?

by AppleQueso Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:34 am

MrPopo wrote:The english language kind of sucks in that regard. The grammatically correct neutral stuff hits the ear weird.


All the made-up gender neutral pronouns sound fuckin wacky too.
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Re: What would you ask him?

by jfrost Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:02 pm

I always felt "they/them" instead of "he or she/him or her" to refer to an unspecified person sounded better.
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Re: What would you ask him?

by Erik_Twice Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:38 am

jfrost wrote:I always felt "they/them" instead of "he or she/him or her" to refer to an unspecified person sounded better.

I consider that usage to be unsupported and incorrect so I refrain from using it. I see very little reason to use a heavily contested if not downright invalid "they" when I can just use "him", really.

I also find the politically correct context it would give everything I write so niggardly I refuse would refuse to use it even if valid :lol:
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Re: What would you ask him?

by MrPopo Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:18 am

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jfrost wrote:I always felt "they/them" instead of "he or she/him or her" to refer to an unspecified person sounded better.

I consider that usage to be unsupported and incorrect so I refrain from using it. I see very little reason to use a heavily contested if not downright invalid "they" when I can just use "him", really.

I also find the politically correct context it would give everything I write so niggardly I refuse would refuse to use it even if valid :lol:

I'm amused that a sentence involving the phrase "politically correct" also includes the word "niggardly", which kills the career of every politician who knows it and uses it in the proper way.
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Re: What would you ask him?

by Erik_Twice Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:23 am

MrPopo wrote:I'm amused that a sentence involving the phrase "politically correct" also includes the word "niggardly", which kills the career of every politician who knows it and uses it in the proper way.

Don't explain the joke! :lol:


Around here we had people insisting that calling black people, well, "black" was racist and that we should call them "coloured" instead. :lol:
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Re: What would you ask him?

by DinnerX Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:39 pm

General_Norris wrote:Around here we had people insisting that calling black people, well, "black" was racist and that we should call them "coloured" instead. :lol:
"African American" is becoming the preferred term in the U.S. and we've gone through about four other terms before that. Each of them was OK for a while, and then was offensive. :?
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Re: What would you ask him?

by nightrnr Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:44 pm

Instead of discussing/arguing semantics, I think I'll actually post something relevant to the topic (I may have just offended everyone here :twisted: )

Hmmm, I'm not sure what I'd ask Uematsu.
Maybe I'd like to know what he thought impressive of other games' music.

Also, in one of the endings to Crono Trigger,
In the developers' room, he makes a jab at playing games too much or something. I wonder if he considers/considered that a major problem or was just poking fun


Otherwise, I'd just want to know and hear any music that was left out of FFVI.
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Re: What would you ask him?

by Key-Glyph Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:56 am

I can't think of a question myself, but at the American Classic Arcade Museum panel at PAX East this year, somebody asked one of the creators of Ms. Pac-Man why there was a pretzel among all the fruit. I thought that was pretty brilliant. (Answer, if I remember correctly: it was a boss's favorite food.)

"They" has been used as a gender-neutral pronoun for centuries, and by well-respected authors. I personally don't think credentials like that are necessary for accepting it as a legitimate rule when it's a great alternative, but since some do -- and also considering it's doubtful a new word is going to rise up and fill the need anytime soon -- I can't see a reason to be embarrassed for using it.
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