in english today the teacher said its better to say “him or her” instead of “them” and it pissed me off because some ppl arent a him or a her like just really get that shit out of here :////
I would have brought up that for decades, “They/Them” has been used to refer to individuals of unknown gender. “Honey it’s for you!” “Ask them what they want.” That kinda thing.
The teacher is just instructing proper English; “them” is a plural. Our language is limited, with “it” being the only alternative of the well-defined “he” and “she.” Yet, “it” is commonly associated with objects and animals which is not appropriate for people with its connotation. English just doesn’t have a good word for someone who blurs the gender lines.
It’s just a technical English lesson for better essay writing. Colloquially, though, “they” and “them” should be just fine.
#I think the teacher is just ok unless she or he was being obnoxious about it #damn was i mad when i learned tho
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As far as I can tell, this is by Ivo van der Ent, and appears on his flickr account