In this PC age (not computer type PC) it seems to be no longer acceptable to use the "masculine" form for fear of offending half of the population. So we end up with clumsy sounding phrases like "Somebody called while I was away. They left a note".
Of course, it only sounds clumsy because it is a new usage. I used to get worked up about it, but I'm starting to get used to this particular variant of the "degenderification" of the language. But one that still sticks in my craw is "chairperson", and similar new-age artefacts.
Any thoughts out there on this vexed subject?
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