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Persons are either male or female. If the sex of the person is unknown or irrelevant, use 'his', 'him', or ... 'him', or 'he' assume masculine gender. When encompassing males or females, the pronouns 'his', 'him', or 'he' assume indeterminate gender...

... in 19 century English.

Rob Bannister
Persons are either male or female. If the sex of ... females, the pronouns 'his', 'him', or 'he' assume indeterminate gender.

Is this is one of your "literate, educated persons", Franke?

I don't have any literate, educated persons in my pocket at the moment, nor do I have a list of them anywhere around the house. But I take no responsibility for anyone else's views, only my own. I consider myself only reasonably literate and reasonably educated, for a working-class boy and for various definitions of those terms, but not for all.

UC, of course, is living in the fabled past of English grammar and proficiency. I do not share his views on most linguistic issues. Why would you even imply that I might? Are you trying to smear me by falsely associating me without someone I claim no association with? Pretty low, I'd say. If you want to insult me, stick to what is verifiable based on the evidence of what I say and not on what UC or anyone else says.

And speaking of evidence, I'm still waiting for the evidence supporting all your creative interpretations of "their coffee cup". Or can't you find any?

Franke: EFL teacher & medical editor
Native speaker of American English; posting from Taiwan. Unmunged email: /at/hush.ai
"Impatience is the mother of misery."
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
Is this is one of your "literate, educated persons", Franke?

I don't have any literate, educated persons in my pocket at the moment, nor do I have a list of ... that I might? Are you trying to smear me by falsely associating me without someone I claim no association with?

Oops. That last sentence is a mess. Should have been:

"associating me with someone I am not associated with?"
Pretty low, I'd say. If you want to insult me, stick to what is verifiable based on the evidence of ... I'm still waiting for the evidence supporting all your creative interpretations of "their coffee cup". Or can't you find any?

Franke: EFL teacher & medical editor
Native speaker of American English; posting from Taiwan. Unmunged email: /at/hush.ai
"Impatience is the mother of misery."