He, She, It, & Ne
Introducing the New Neutral
Third Person Singular Personal Pronoun
by Dr. Al Lippart (©copyright 1999)
The English language has over a million words in its vocabulary. New inventions, discoveries, and technology are creating the need for more words to be coined every year. Yet, even with all the new words, English does not have a neutral third person singular personal pronoun appropriate for living beings*. A new word needs to be contrived to fill this vacancy in the language.
Since the English language has replaced grammatical genders with natural genders, it follows that those natural genders should be recognized and respected. Speakers, writers, or any other communicators must be grammatically correct as well as politically correct when using pronouns.
A set of new words needs to be fabricated for use when the gender of an antecedent (the noun a pronoun replaces) is unknown or in some cases when the subject which the pronoun replaces is both masculine and feminine or neither!
By disseminating the new word and its case variations and by promoting their use, the English language can gain a few new words that will make communication more precise and gender friendly. Through all forms of media, internet, television, radio, newspapers, newsletters, as well as public speakers, politicians, teachers, clergy, and entertainers, the new words could be in full use sometime in the early months of the new year. If everyone passes them on to a few other people, the idea could spread faster than a chain letter. The rewards for doing so would be the realization that each has helped improve the language.