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Gender-neutral 'hen' makes its legal debut

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post 14.Dec.2012, 01:00 PM
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The controversial Swedish word "hen", proposed as a gender-neutral pronoun, has found its way into legal lingo after a court in northern Sweden used it in a verdict.

"Currently, the culprit is considered to be in breach of duty when hen neglects what a task requires," the Court of Appeals for northern Norrland wrote in a recent verdict.

"This is not political posturing," senior court councillor Hans Sundberg said.

"Nor are we trying to be politically correct."

"We thought that we needed a personal pronoun for third person singular that was gender neutral and that we could use when we are talking about people in general rather then referring to a specific person," Sundberg explained.

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post 14.Dec.2012, 03:22 PM
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Excellent! Isn't it great to see a language evolve right in front of you? It's a very useful word, as we're beginning to see. (And enter the shouty idiots ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...)
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johan rebel
post 14.Dec.2012, 04:01 PM
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The bench at the Court of Appeals for Norrland is obviously populated by hens!
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post 15.Dec.2012, 08:50 AM
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Very true Spongepaddy. And, right on cue, here comes a shouty, ignorant idiot.
As John Stuart Mill said: "Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative."
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