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Crazy Wolf VIP Member

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#1 11 years ago

So, I was reading an Army survival manual (FM 21-76), and I came across this little blurb in the beginning of the book.

"Unless this publication states otherwise, masculine nouns and pronouns do not refer exclusively to men"

This is an example of a simple solution to a simple problem, and I have no idea how many man-hours this little sentence saved by not having have to go through this manual page by page and replacing every usage with "he/she/it" or something. Having updated legal books, with those annoying instructions(remove pages 11-27 through 36-29 and replace with 11-27.1 through 36-28, leave section 11-27a-11-27j intact), I must feel joy at this simple addition. Hooray efficiency!




Maeko

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#2 11 years ago

Lol they probably got through the first page and said "f that, there must be another way!!" lol




Rich19

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#3 11 years ago

Well, they say in the army "keep it simple, stupid". Good solution to the problem.




colonel_bob

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#4 11 years ago

I find it pretty ridiculous how people can get offended about the use of 'he' as a general pronoun. Seriously, grow up.




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#5 11 years ago

Yeah, be glad that you're not in Germany where it is common to refer to a girl with "it".




colonel_bob

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#6 11 years ago
MrFancypants;3803739Yeah, be glad that you're not in Germany where it is common to refer to a girl with "it".

Is it just girls, or people in general? Because I've noticed whenever I put something though a translator that should be a 'he' or 'she,' it comes back as 'it.'