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Cassia:
Could be fun and instructive even to have a history quiz.. Here's one for ya
Who is this hot guy and what happened to him?

Hydra009:
Lincoln assassination co-conspirator Lewis Payne.  Hanged to death.

Clarification: his target was US Secretary of State William Henry Seward, whom he wounded but didn't kill.

Cassia:

--- Quote from: Hydra009 on March 18, 2021, 10:45:52 PM ---Lincoln assassination co-conspirator Lewis Payne.  Hanged to death.

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Wow..impressed. Yes !!!

SoldierofFortune:
I am in no way an expert on the English language, but I have an observation that there is a transition in English into gender-neutrality in the use of adjectives. But still there is no consensus in the English-speaking world about the standardized form.

In the historical English when you say men, you mean all the people in the world including men, women and even gays... and when you say mankind, you mean humankind or humanity...

and for about 3-4 decades there has been a trend to avoid using his or her, but using their is the pronoun of preference even if you indicate a singular person.

now quiz, who is the name of the feminist person who claimed that the word " history " is actually the phrase "his story", to prove that the society is actually patriarchal? Because even the history of mankind is the history of man! can you believe that, it's his story, bro!? :)))))







Hydra009:

--- Quote from: SoldierofFortune on March 19, 2021, 12:11:36 AM ---I am in no way an expert on the English language, but I have an observation that there is a transition in English into gender-neutrality in the use of adjectives. But still there is no consensus in the English-speaking world about the standardized form.

In the historical English when you say men, you mean all the people in the world including men, women and even gays... and when you say mankind, you mean humankind or humanity...
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??  To the best of my knowledge, gay men are still considered men.

And english is only partially gender-neutral.  Policeman/postman are being phased out, but there are a bunch of gendered words that aren't going anywhere:  actor/actress, waiter/waitress, host/hostess, tiger/tigress, hero/heroine, and blond/blonde.  Ships are female (and handsome) and all dogs are, without exception, good boys.  Just the other day, I was reading about a female comedienne and practically did a double-take because I didn't even know there was a gendered version of the word comedian.

Personally, I try to avoid gendered words when possible for simplicity and convenience.  Everyone's a hero (in their own way), actor, comedian, etc.  Because I find the idea of having to look up their gender every time I refer to someone exhausting.  It's like french counting or imperial units of measurement - there's no real reason to do it and you're just making more work for yourself.

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