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Rod Liddle

Here's my rule: If the word 'he' will offend, then always use it

They want a gender-neutral pronoun? What the hell’s wrong with them?

7 February 2015

9:00 AM

7 February 2015

9:00 AM

Isn’t it about time the English language got itself a gender-neutral pronoun? This was the clarion call from the Guardian last week — and when that particular clarion sounds, we must all stand to attention and cut out the sniggering. I assume the writer of the piece was moved to action having seen photographs of members of Isis pushing gay people from the tops of large buildings — and was deeply worried that each of the victims, tumbling to their deaths, might have been unhappy about being referred to as ‘he’ by wilfully unprogressive western journalists.

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