Wednesday, March 07, 2007

A woman the source of the 'he' rule?

In following up Arnold Zwicky's by-the-way attribution of the rule that only he should be used as an indefinite pronoun (e.g. Every person should make sure he...) to Lindley Murray in 1795, I came across an article, which antedates that instance by 50 years and attributes the rule to Ann Fisher.
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