Date: Sun, 6 Nov 1994 13:47:53 GMT
From: "Warren A. Brewer" NCUT054[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TWNMOE10.BITNET
Subject: Folkspeech as wellspring
Since 3rd sg impers _he/him/his_ ("The masculine predominates") rule is
on the ropes, informal or nonstandard contenders should simply be
acknowledged as the new champs. Perhaps it is the moral responsibility
of ADS to make such suggestions for formal use, lest the masses
remain at the mercy of pedantic prescriptivists peddling their
"Melior est reprehendant nos grammatici, quam non intelligant nos
populi." Which, for the Classically challenged, means, "It's better
that grammarians criticize us, than that people not understand us."
Unfortunately I'm memory challenged, so it was either Jerome or
Augustine (probably the former in his preface to the Vulgate).