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 Wikipedia tends to use the transsexual's desired pronoun, which I like because it fits with my opinion, but it's still not neutral.

I’ve often thought about how much more complicated language would get if we had pronouns to indicate traits other than gender. Age? Race? Mental diagnosis? You’d have to know several details about people just to mention them in conversation. And the combinations and permutations of the various descriptors might result in hundreds of pronouns.

Plus, race and mental condition are spectrums; it’s hard to define just where someone falls, when the line between one side and the other is so fuzzy. But then, the same goes for gender, and we somehow think we can have pronouns for that.

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Asteroids can kill you no matter how strong you are. Look at dinosaurs.

I am very worried about the fact that people are putting so little effort into building self-sufficient airtight underground shelters. They would be useful in so many different disaster scenarios: nuclear war, destruction of the atmosphere by pollution, crazy weather from global warming, and possibly even something hitting the earth and setting off all the volcanoes.

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 echoes of the invisible intangible dog?

The emperor in the story seriously thought that buying fabric that only wise people could see– and telling his whole kingdom about it–was a good way to find out who was smart and who was dumb. Which is pretty good evidence that… well, even if the fabric had worked as advertised, that emperor probably wouldn’t have been able to see it.

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