#story about singular pronouns that’s too long to tweet: ✨
one day during sophomore year honors english class i pulled my teacher aside to ask about why i got marked down for using they as a singular pronoun when it was grammatically correct. in fact, the gender of the subject in the poem we where writing about’s gender wasn’t even mentioned. she proceeded to chastise me in front of the whole class about how they is only a plural pronoun. (keep in mind this was like a decade ago so pronouns were not in anyone’s minds at the time) i just asked “so if a person used they instead of he/she then they would be incorrect?” she agreed and waited in silence when I didn’t say anything else. She gets impatient and barks at me “what?”. I just repeat myself “...then THEY would be incorrect?”
...we stood there in silence for what felt like a minute but was probably only like 10 seconds before a couple students chucked. she knew she fucked up. she didn’t even give me back my fixed essay until after class let out but you know i’m framing that mf’er some day!
@gewn Lmao, that's a good story. Reminds me of an encounter with my English teacher one time.
I was writing a story, and I mentioned that a character had "spilled coffee on themselves..." or was it "themself?" I mean, it's one person, but also "themself" sounds a bit odd, maybe? Nevertheless, I was unsure, so I asked. And she said that "themself" is wrong because "them" is plural, yada yada yada, just give them a gender. But the character didn't *need* a gender, and specifying a gender in that context I felt actually took away from the scene. I tried to explain that, "Wait! Actually, Ms. Kim, I remember now! Themself is correct! I was learning all about the singular they online recently!" But she refused to listen.
She wasn't smug about it, but I do wish she had listened better. I do understand, tho, given that she was kinda pressed for time with the other kids.
@gewn Hey, btw, just curious since you mentioned message length: what's the character limit over there on koyu? Just curious, in case I might ever want to make an account there. It's 1000 on my instance.
@delve 16k! which is a ton and is perfect for me. looks like a really high quality instance too which is cool!
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