‘The movement to make amends for the excludingness of the male pronoun,” recently noted the playwright Tom Stoppard, “is becoming ridiculous.” Whether this is truly a movement or merely a ruckus — a disturbance, a mere commotion — is less than clear. Whatever the case, the casual use of the male singular pronoun he has become an issue, a matter in the flux of controversy. What is at issue in the pronoun war is the want of a properly inclusive pronoun to use with collective and indefinite nouns and pronouns (no one, anyone, someone, none, etc.). This is not a …
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