Category: the world
‘they’ is not a drop-in replacement for ‘he’ and ‘she’, but we could use one
Singular usage of ‘they’ is well-established in English, going back centuries. Depending on your exposure to it, you may yourself use it regularly, as I happily do. It’s great having a single word that can refer to individuals whose gender is unclear or unspecified. However, gender-neutral ‘they’ and its friends ‘them’, ‘their’, and ‘theirs’, do […]
In Memoriam J. P. H.
This one’s a bit macabre—caveat lector! March first has known some tragedies. On this day in history, in 1910, the deadliest avalanche in U.S. history swept over the rail depot in Wellington, Washington, killing 96. (So heavy was the slab of ice and snow, that the last of the bodies weren’t retrieved until July of […]
The crisis in Ukraine—a few thoughts
The Internet is rife with Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns. In any comment section on any platform, you’ll see the trolls. I’m posting this video from my tiny little blog, to do my part against that wave. It is stunning that anyone could hear such eloquent pleas for peace, and not back down. The cynicism […]