Claudia Tenney, Donald Trump Jr., grammar, International Pronouns Day, Joe Kent, Ken Buck, Marco Rubio, pronoun antecedents, Republicans Pounce, Richard Grenell, Ronny Jackson, State Department, the stupid party
Did you know, gentle readers, Wednesday, October 20, 2021 was “International Pronouns Day?” As a retired teacher of English, I was happy to hear that. Encouraging my students to properly use pronouns, and particularly, pronoun antecedents, was a never-ending chore. What’s a pronoun antecedent, you ask? That’s the noun preceding a pronoun that allows us to understand to who or what the pronoun refers. Example:
Susan shops at Bob’s Fabrics. She always finds what she needs.
We know “she” refers to Susan because Susan is the pronoun antecedent. It’s clear. Bob can’t be “she” and a fabric store doesn’t have gender–at least not yet. But if the antecedent is unclear, we end up with something like this:
Susan and Bob went to the beach and a dog was there. Zir had a good time.
And that, gentle readers, is the problem with “International Pronouns Day.” There will be no “International Verbs Day” or “International Gerunds Day,” because this isn’t about grammar, parts of speech or anything meaningful. It’s about beating Normal Americans over the head with wokeness. It’s about making up nonsense “pronouns” to avoid biological reality. It’s about pandering to the silliest and most mentally disturbed portions of an increasing silly and mentally disturbed society. It’s about virtue signaling while the Chinese fire a hypersonic missile made by stealing our secrets around the world. I am still, by the way, waiting for video of a male “birthing person” actually, you know, birthing. Sigh. Anyway, Breitbart explains:
After a State Department tweet marked ‘International Pronouns Day’ on Wednesday, Republicans blasted the move, calling out the department for misguided priorities and hypocrisy.
The tweet included a link to a page explaining why many Americans list pronouns on social media profiles, noting that ‘sharing pronouns [is] a way of getting to know someone’ and can help avoid ‘accidentally assuming an incorrect gender.’
Because what, in the course of high-level international diplomacy, could possibly be more damaging than “accidentally assuming an incorrect gender”? Of course, it’s pretty much only America that has more than two, other countries being busy dealing with reality, like a pending invasion by China, but one can’t be too diplomatic, can one?
When Republicans make a stupid mistake—they are The Stupid Party, after all—the headlines about the details of that mistake roll on for weeks. When D/S/Cs do it, if the media covers it at all, the headlines read: “Republicans Pounce!” And thankfully, some did:
I thought the State Department was supposed to worry about what other nations think of us…
What’s wrong with them? I like to keep these articles below 2000 words…
No, but it’s very woke…
Well, unlike Pete Buttegieg, at least they’re at work…
Nah. I haven’t wondered about that at all…
Well, somebody has to do it…
Well sure. This is “Building Back Better”—for the Taliban and Chinese…
I suspect that’s one thing the Bidenites actually know. By the way, my pronoun is: “your imperial majesty.”
God help us.
Well, not in English.
In German, it has a neuter gender.
Mike McDaniel said:
Hmm. I’m not sure that’s a recommendation for anything…
Phil Strawn said:
I didn’t know there is a pronoun day. Who came up with that one? You can catch them in some of the classic books by Steinbeck, and a few by Capote, but now, these days, it seems the youngsters editing have no idea. James Elroy may be the biggest offender, but his sentences are rarely more than six words, so his editing is all over the map. Anything goes nowadays. If the woke culture can’t find it in Google, then it’s not a mistake. I avoid pronouns when possible, but sometimes they make a bit of sense. What will be the next hurdle to overcome? Writing with a No. 2 pencil and a yellow pad? I enjoy your post; they make me think more than usual.
Mike McDaniel said:
Dear Phil Strawn:
Thanks! By the way, I’m declaring next week International Mike McDaniel Is Dah Bomb! week, because why not? It’ll be more fun than pronouns!
I had someone “misgender” me today. I didn’t say anything about it. Because I don’t care, and it doesn’t matter. How is this a hard thing?
Elmer Fudd said:
Vladimir Putin enjoyed justifiably mocking the United States woke folk.
Putin for POTUS!
Mike McDaniel said:
Dear Elmer Fudd:
When you’ve lost Putin…