Sunday, December 30, 2007

Blog note-

I realize that lately I've been referring to people (doctors, pharmacists, customers, etc.) using the masculine gender (him, his, he, etc.).

I just want to note to all the politically correct police out there that I'm well aware there are plenty of women doctors and pharmacsts. However, it is really a big pain in the ass (and generally sounds pretty stupid) to write he/she, him/her, his/hers all the time instead of just picking one gender.

I don't know if this is correct, but I was taught in school (elementary school, I think) that if you are not referring to any person in particular, you should use masculine pronouns by default. Whether that's 100% correct or not doesn't matter because that's the way I'm going to do it. It just sounds better than saying him/her, and it definitely sounds better than using "them" or "their" when you only mean to refer to one person.

That is all.

3 comments:

Un-PC RPh said...

WHy are you worried about being PC?!?! Mike, I never worry about that.

Anonymous said...

Political correctness OFFENDS me. I hate all the political correctness bullshit. It makes people have to constantly think about whether they are "offending" anybody. It might have started with good intentions, but it has gotten way out of control.

The Angriest Pharmacist said...

You're right, Mike - use masculine if you don't want to to the him/her stuff...Grammatically correct -- I was editor of my HS newspaper for two years...

I sometimes truncate and put "s/he was a stupid bitch" - but that's as far as I'll go...:-)