Submitted by petia • April 21, 2005
Is it acceptable in your opinion to use “s/he” in official documents instead of “she/he” or “she or he”?
April 21, 2005, 10:21am
IMHO it SHOULD be acceptable and I use it in informal writing all the time. It is NOT acceptable in formal writing, so I use they which is more acceptable to me than using he to mean all people, but is not grammatically correct. Hmph.
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Persephone Imytholin (unregistered)
April 21, 2005, 10:53am
"She or he" is the form that should probably be used in formal contexts, since it's straightforward, unambiguous and fairly common.
Of course, a proper unsexed pronoun in English would solve all these problems.
May 8, 2005, 9:02pm
Personally, I use s/he when ever i need to refer to both. But I don't write many formal documents. So thus, I have no idea. But i put thumbs up to s/he! :D
June 17, 2005, 6:04am
not to be sexist... but she or he sounds backwards... i have always heard he or she. and in an official document i would us "he or she" not "he/she" and s/he is very informal.
October 11, 2005, 10:25pm
Before everything got so politically correct, I would recommend just using "he," as this is technically the correct way to do it. However, most people don't know this, and would probably get offended. =(
As Steve said, I would use "he or she."
February 18, 2006, 5:53am
The main problem with "s/he" is this: how the hell is it pronounced?
David Fickett-Wilbar (unregistered)
April 18, 2006, 12:47am
In my opinion "s/he" should be driven off the face of the planet. It's an unpronouncable symbol that stops me in my tracks each time I encounter it. Either recast the sentence or give in to the singular "they."
July 25, 2006, 10:51am
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