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 I hate political correct wording...

Created 9 years ago, edited 9 years ago.
Status changed 6 years ago
Author:

RayWoods
Status:
Under dev. review
  Score:
 4
33 votes
Idea:

Wonderful, I've just gained a new friend in the Linux Mint Community! However, the joy of this new friendship is tempered by the email message that alerted me to it.

The text reads....
"XYZ added you to his/her friend list."

Can we have it changed to "XYZ added you to their friend list."?

Comments:

7 years ago

theeurosucks
I agree, this is subtle political correctness of some sort.  
7 years ago

passstab
this is a waste of time  
8 years ago

RayWoods
Yes, it rates the same as all the different names for the Rubbish/Waste/Deleted Bin. Hopefully the source of this little niggle is being corrected upstream in Ubuntu so should filter down to us soon.  
8 years ago

timh
I hate such hacking of language for correctness too :)

What's about not even shorter: »XYZ added you to the friend list«
XYZ will not add you to ACB's friend list, I think ;)
 
8 years ago

dbpatankar
Grammatically I feel 'their' is wrong.
The best thing would be to use either 'his' or 'her' dynamically based on gender.
But as already said....... it doesn't matter a lot.
 
8 years ago

oscar799
In this context,"his/her friends list" does look clumsy "their friends list" looks better  
8 years ago

keyneom
Well, technically I don't think it is even grammatically correct to say "their" but I don't really care either way, I use "their" in my regular speech anyways.  
8 years ago

baffle-boy
i dont see why not to do it... but it's not really a big deal.  
8 years ago

heltonbiker
Ok, that's true. My previous comment was motivated more because it was a bit strange to read an idea starting with "I hate...". First, because hate and collaboration doesn't mixed so well as "I'd like to..." and collaboration. And, putting an idea in terms of "I don't like it and I would like to change it" seems less prone to be heard and considered than "It seems to me that this issue should be changed". BUT, as always, it's only an opinion, and I am talking about your specific phrase, nothing personal :o)  
8 years ago

RayWoods
In the scheme of things no, this isn't important. However isn't it better to use good English and, these politically correct phrases generally make the text more complicated. Isn't it easier to say "their" instead of "his/her"? And it wouldn't take too long to fix either. Why use two words instead of one?  
8 years ago

heltonbiker
This is too personal, it isn't possible to always please everybody. Also, is it that important?  

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