A minor point.

So I’m reading this article, and this wee footnote catches my attention:

* The masculine pronoun is used for the sake of brevity. It refers to both genres, of course.


It was referring to this sentence:

that is, for him* who is teaching to learn and for him who is learning to teach

For the sake of brevity, the feminine pronoun is left out — ‘him’ is used in place of ‘him or her’, or, in a more egalitarian manner, ‘the person’.

But that’s just an excuse, even (especially?) for a wordsmith. Why, you say?

“…that is, for one who is teaching to learn and the one who is learning to teach…”

One more letter. And it doesn’t sound too bad, either.

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2 thoughts on “A minor point.

  1. Not to mention that if one must offer an explanation of one’s brevity, one’s brevity has failed…

  2. And Da Spouse has it, for the win.

    Yep. Factor in the length of the footnote and I can go so far as to say “for men and women who are learning to teach, and for men and women who are teaching to learn” and still use fewer characters.

    Booyah.

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