Sunday, February 12, 2017

Welcome, ‘ge’ (pronounced like ‘Gee, why didn’t we think of this before?’)

Gender neutrality succeeds!
Enter the new pronoun ‘ge.’

A particular English pronoun promotes inequality. Throughout history, the pronoun ‘he’ has been the go-to reference following nouns such as leader, student, teacher, etc. Many writers and speakers avoid the cumbersome ‘he or she’ (and yes, usually in that order) and replace it with ‘they.’ Grammarians cringe at that switch to the plural. I propose we add the pronoun ‘ge,’ thus offering gender neutrality in the English language. To show even more fairness, when it’s the object of a verb, it is ‘gim’ (as jim) and its possessive form is ‘ger' (jer).

Thank you for inspiring me to think more deeply about this, Rose A.

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