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The singular ‘they’

I love singular ‘they’. Back in 2016, the American Dialect Society named it word of the year. And we all use it all the time. But that’s not why I’m so excited about it right now. I’m excited because it can help researchers, particularly if they’re working with qualitative data and thus with very small […]

via The bonuses of singular ‘they’: anonymity and bias avoidance — Everyday linguistic anthropology

I’ve used the singular they in speech for as long as I can remember. Every once in a rare while, I feel as if I’m being a bit ambiguous or that I might sound professorial/literary – but saying “one might often think one’s mind is set on a topic” sounds much sillier. And Using ‘you’ has occasional unintended consequences: a reader might feel attacked, or if they aren’t actually someone who can empathize with the generic you, they might feel even more distanced from the topic. I have been having a very hard time with why some people have such a hard time with other people wanting to take the singular they and use it as a personal pronoun. It’s already used!

Anyway, neat blog for other good reasons for the use of the singular ‘they’ to keep propagating and become even more common.

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Drink Me: The Velvet Wendigo — terribleminds: chuck wendig

I would like to apologize for that mildly pornographic lemon. I don’t know how he got in here. I didn’t invite him. ANYWAY here is a very quick drink recipe you should make, and then put in your face. And then you should make it again, and put it in your face again. Because though…

via Drink Me: The Velvet Wendigo — terribleminds: chuck wendig

Sharing because the drink sounds interesting, and I’d like to try to make it sometime. Also, I have friends who I think might be interested in it, who might’ve missed Chuck’s original blog.

Link: The Southern Poverty Law Center/Responding To Everyday Bigotry — Captain Awkward

This excellent guide is full of gentle, direct scripts pulled from real situations. Speak Up: Responding To Everyday Bigotry

via Link: The Southern Poverty Law Center/Responding To Everyday Bigotry — Captain Awkward

I’m sharing this link as a way to keep track of it for myself, but also because it looks so helpful in general. I would love to think we would need it less, but I don’t think that’s a realistic hope, and it’s better to be prepared.