Re: : Korean Shamanism
Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Sat, 4 Nov 1995 17:37:32 -0500
I have always thought of "grammar police" as those who resist any linguistic
changes, as those who guard the language against changes that
encourage egalitarianism of any kind. Ruby Rohrlich
On Fri, 3 Nov 1995, hjmartin wrote:
> >On Nov 2, Ruby Rohrlich wrote:
> >>Why "shamaness"? A shaman is a shaman is a shaman. If you want to
> >>distinguish a shaman by sex, use the word denoting sex, like "male" or
> >>"female". We no longer use poetess, authoress, etc., and never have used
> >>"doctoress." Ruby Rohrlich
> >Hurrah Ruby, I agree! Above applies to words like "mankind" as well.
> Now, if we could only agree that 'their' is a plural pronoun and takes a
> plural verb...
> What's more, if we could only agree that 's (apostrophe+s) indicates
> possession, not the plural...
> Finally, if we could all agree that 'And' should not be used to begin a
> Then what? Would the meaning of what I write be any clearer? Would the
> grammar police stop giving so many citations? Would my thinking pass
> Just a thought.
> Jim Martin
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