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Pronoun Panic in Tennessee

People are panicking in Tennessee.

They are panicking about pronouns.

It all began when the University of Tennessee posted on its website a guide to what pronouns were acceptable at the university. This included the usual suspects of course plus a few extra pronouns which are commonly used amongst some transgender people.

(Those last ones, in case you are not familiar with them, are invented…

Gender Neutral Pronouns in English Grammar

Life would sound a bit repetitive without pronouns:
Brian got up. Brian washed Brian. Later Brian went out. Brian got in Brian’s car and drove off.
Change a person’s name into a personal pronoun and it all gets a little easier on the ear:
Brian got up. He washed himself. Later he went out. He got in his car and drove off.
This is fairly straightforward when we…