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January 13, 2010


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I don't think The Inner Skier improved my skiing either although it did inspire me to ski more, which did improve my abilities.

I like the second-person "you", precisely because it is direct and familiar. I want to feel I'm part of the learning.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Thanks, Anne. I prefer "you" too whenever it fits the situation.



I agree with the use of 'you' as well. It connects more.

Margaret Elwood

The problem with using "they" is that so often the writer mixes singular and plural. I find it much less irritating to read "he" consistently. I was trained as a child to accept that as the neutral default, so I've never taken it as a personal slight to my female identity as a reader.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Margaret. I appreciate your view. Since many women do not feel the same, I believe it is important to use gender-neutral language to be successful.



i work in amale dominated workplace and dislike 'Dear Gents' as a start to an email, particualryl if I am in cc or it is forwrded to me. Equally I dont like 'girls' in verbal reference to our HR Business Partners who happen to be female. Gents seems to be acceptable in soem terms for men.

It just annoys me and I am on line looking for a reference to let my 'male' colleague know he is old fashioned and can find nothing.

I dont want to be emotive - just want to correct him

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