April 17, 2007
Oxford English Dictionary
37a St Giles
Dear Oxford English Dictionary:
The message is in regard to a startling epidemic that I am sure the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary are most certainly well aware of: the lack of a gender neutral pronoun to refer to indefinite words like 'person,' or 'somebody.'
While only having attained the benefit of Honors English in the freshman year, it is still overwhelmingly apparent that such a word should be necessary in a language already so complex as English. Frankly it is appalling that this issue, in all its years of existence, has not been tended to prior to today.
Traditionally, the standard for pronoun usage concerning indefinite nouns and pronouns has been to simply use 'he.' This solution may have been fine for a short period of time, but now that the countries that use English have moved into the digital age, there is no reason why their languages should remain in the stone age.
That is why, after much pol