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#148368 - 09/28/05 04:01 PM *sigh*
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They were all blowing their noses.


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#148369 - 09/28/05 04:16 PM Re: woh is me
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Or, voh is they. Given my own position in favour of the gender neutral singular they, it has been a delight to learn Hindi, which has a gender neutral singular pronoun. The convenience makes up for the fact that it breaks Hindi's own "rules" for pronunciation.

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#148370 - 09/29/05 07:42 AM Re: back to the original question
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Hubby came up with "unattended" as an alternative to unmanned.


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#148371 - 09/29/05 07:48 AM Re: back to the original question
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How about "abandoned"?

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#148372 - 09/29/05 08:05 AM Re: back to the original question
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Abandoned...I think it depends on whether the guard is coming back, or simply temporarily away. With abandoned, I'd think the guard was gone for good.


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#148373 - 09/29/05 08:06 AM Re: back to the original question
belligerentyouth Offline
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> unattended

That's perfect for a border post, isn't it. Full marks:-)


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#148374 - 09/29/05 08:14 AM Re: I, you, it
AnnaStrophic Offline
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...Hindi, which has a gender neutral singular pronoun

So does English. Please splain the difference, dear Max.


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#148375 - 09/29/05 08:24 AM Re: back to the original question
inselpeter Offline
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>> Hubby came up with "unattended" as an alternative to unmanned.<<

Kudos


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#148376 - 09/29/05 08:26 AM Re: back to the original question
zmjezhd Offline
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Depends on whether he went out to buy cigarettes and are coming back in just a moment. His superiors might rightly speak of an abandoned post ...

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#148377 - 09/29/05 08:33 AM Re: back to the original question
inselpeter Offline
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superiors are to be ignored on cigarette breaks


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