Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 20:46:04 -0500
From: "(Dale F. Coye)" Dfcoye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: one as a pronoun?
Actually there's nothing
wrong with "one" as long as it's not overused.
I disagree. Even once is too much. What's wrong with it is it puts lots of
readers off because it sounds stiff or snooty or whatever you want to call
it. Not everybody, but lots. It's as though someone were saying VAHZ for
vase. Besides its not needed- there's usually lots of alternatives. On
further investigation, my students tell me their high school students
insisted that they not use "we" as in "we can see from the the poet's use of
aliteration..." and they recommend "one" instead.
The College of NJ