[erlang-questions] Fwd: Erlang Job for $5000 in Saint-Petersburg
Wed May 2 14:24:13 CEST 2012
Well, in some southern regions "y'all" denotes second person singular.
Second person plural would be "all y'all" :-)
On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 9:03 PM, Jesse Gumm <> wrote:
> Or, for that matter, a non-ambiguous second person plural. I'm
> personally fine with "y'all" despite not being from the American
> On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM, Jesse Gumm <> wrote:
>> It's too bad English doesn't maintain a public repo where we can
>> submit a patch to deal with fact that the language lacks support for
>> such a fundamental and critical language feature as third person,
>> gender-neutral, singulars to indicate a person (as opposed to just
>> using "it").
>> On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM, David Mercer <> wrote:
>>> On Thursday, April 26, Richard O'Keefe wrote:
>>>> On 26/04/2012, at 9:08 PM, Ivan Uemlianin wrote:
>>>> > fwiw colloquial British English uses "their" for his/her ("they" for
>>>> he/she, and "them" for him/her). It's quite serviceable.
>>>> However some native speakers of English find that unappealing.
>>> Indeed, also confusing. Just last week, a colleague was talking about
>>> someone who was interested in transferring from another department, but to
>>> conceal identity was using gender-neutral plurals. I actually thought she
>>> was talking about multiple people until I asked her how many people she was
>>> talking about.
>>>> Note that English has _almost_ entirely abandoned grammatical
>>>> gender, so that people think of pronouns as referring to sex.
>>> Almost? Abandoned? (1) I didn't know English ever had grammatical gender;
>>> (2) I didn't know there were still remnants of it around. (Unless you're
>>> talking about referring to ships in the feminine third person, though I
>>> thought that was sailor tradition rather than grammar.)
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