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  • Grinning Cat

  • Grinning Cat

    Joan, it's good to see the Swedish language expanding with a gender-neutral pronoun, that's a more natural extension than "they" for "she/he" in English.

    A commenter on the 2012 article about divided opinions on the pronoun noted: "Well, like it or not, it's apparently taking hold. The other day two separate Swedish friends of mine both used 'hen' in normal conversation."

  • sk8eycat

    To my friends who have lost their Mollys this week, my sincere sympathies.  I know how much it hurts....been there, done that more times than I can count.

    To Grinning Cat: that is such a sweet quote.  I must be more than 50 cats old by now; my parents had cats for 10 years before they had me, and we have have always had cats ever since then.  A lot of them were "dumped" at our house when it was still safe to let them roam outside (and every effing neighbor blamed US for any cat damage that they found in their yards, as if we were the only cat fans for miles....they even blamed us for the free-roaming dogs that buried bones in their flower beds....)

    We stopped letting our cats go outside when the greedy developers started building ticky-tacky houses up in the hills and destroying coyote and mountain lion territory back in the 1980s.