Semantics to the end of the world, in one clean jump.
11/27/2012 4:52:31 AM
1) You're lying, that never happened.
2) You maniacs say that when you stub your toe.
11/27/2012 4:53:59 AM
My understanding of Finnish, which I acknowledge isn’t all it could be, is that there is no such thing as a gender related pronoun.
I won’t get into detail about the confusion that can cause to a native English speaker - somebody who’s struggling to learn the language anyway!
11/27/2012 5:01:59 AM
Sorry, where is this 'sensible Western country'? And how is fearing something that does not, and could not exist, sensible?
11/27/2012 5:03:44 AM
@Chris: People don't speak Finnish in Sweden, they speak Swedish - which DOES have gendered pronouns.
11/27/2012 5:18:33 AM
@Kulgur: Finland might perhaps be used as an example of language not being all that controlling a factor in culture. Finnish has no gender-specific pronouns, yet the country and culture is no utopia of equality between the genders --- about on a par with most of northern Europe, in fact, perhaps slightly behind Sweden in that respect. so this fundy's storming in a teacup anyways.
11/27/2012 5:35:17 AM
That school in Sweden actually exists, as far as I remember it's more of a social experiment though.
11/27/2012 5:43:47 AM
Jezebel's Evil Sister
I don't know what you're talking about.
And neither do you.
11/27/2012 5:53:59 AM
You're making shit up.
11/27/2012 6:51:00 AM
[A]t last there is a sensible Western country.
What country are they talking about, Uganda?
Is it not the beginning of an apocalypse?
It is not.
11/27/2012 6:56:11 AM
Yeah, I heard about that. I'm not sure how that's supposed to cause the apocalypse though. I can't imagine one scenario from a meteor striking the Earth to nuclear war to a super deadly pandemic that would be solved by calling someone "sir" or "ma'am".
11/27/2012 6:56:41 AM
No, no it's not. You people think everything is a sign of the apocalypse.
11/27/2012 7:08:12 AM
"Is it not the beginning of an apocalypse?"
- Not according to your bible, but then when have the actual words of the bible been more than a matter of curiosity to Christian groupies?
11/27/2012 7:12:01 AM
The school only discussed the idea, and it's my understanding that it was shot down as being "a little too stupid" to bear any serious consideration and a drastic obstacle to basic anatomy.
11/27/2012 7:14:31 AM
"Is it not the beginning of an apocalypse?"
I suggest you go hide in the bunker you've no doubt built into your back yard.
11/27/2012 7:33:42 AM
I had no idea non-gender specific pronouns would be the end of the world. Hmff. I thought it would be world war or a rogue virus.
11/27/2012 8:36:15 AM
The thing is, Swedish pronouns have 5 grammatical genders: feminine, masculin neutrum, common and indefinite ("one can do so") - which becomes even more idiotic if you consider that they all brake down when the grammatical number becomes anything more than one (plural). So the entire change here is from "the mother" or "the father" to "parent".
Yeah, evil socialists, they dare to use the word "parent"...
11/27/2012 8:39:55 AM
Among other signs that the Apocalypse coming, I saw a horse with two heads and two bodies. And one of my friends had a pimple on the inside of his nose!
11/27/2012 9:30:20 AM
“Wait, wait. I think I can explain this whole thing. Marklar, these Marklars want to change your Marklar. They don’t want this Marklar or any of his Marklars to live here because it’s bad for their Marklar. They use Marklar to try and force Marklars to believe their Marklar. If you let them stay here, they will build Marklars and Marklars. They will take all of your Marklars and replace them with Marklars. These Marklars have no good Marklars to live on Marklars so they must come here to Marklar. Please, let these Marklars stay where they can grow and prosper without any Marklars, Marklars or Marklars.” Kyle, South Park "Starvin' Marvin in Space!"
seriously, what's so apocaliptic about that?
11/27/2012 10:23:52 AM
German also has non-gender specific pronouns. The horror!
11/27/2012 10:32:32 AM
So there are more than one? Does a new one start every time you stub your toe? How many times will the world have to end before you realise it's not going to?
11/27/2012 10:43:40 AM
Yes schools, or more commonly pre-schools, like that exist in Sweden. And guess what? They're PRIVATE SCHOOLS. But I guess you just don't believe in the right to private enterprises after all.
11/27/2012 11:04:15 AM
So all we have to do to avert the apocalypse is use gender-related pronouns? Sounds easy enough. Now back to my gay liberal baby-killing atheistic lifestyle!
11/27/2012 11:04:24 AM
He's not making things up, the school is real. He's just bending the truth as it just de-emphasizes gender-specific pronouns. It doesn't ban them.
As an earlier poster said it's a social experiment and it's a private school. The parents participating are aware of it. It's not like their public school system is forcing it on to everyone which is how Heleventia makes it sound.
Complaining about this would be like me complaining that there are home-schoolers who are taught creationism. I may not agree but that's my problem.
11/27/2012 11:21:44 AM
"They" is not gender-specific. It's a sign of the End Times.
11/27/2012 11:32:31 AM