Academic journal article English Journal

Pronouns Are Dangerous

Academic journal article English Journal

Pronouns Are Dangerous

Article excerpt

Ours

Theirs

His Hers

just words

You use without thought

or doubt,

no concern for putting Yourself out there

on the line

EVERY DAY

To be subjected to scrutiny, inspected

quite possibly

rejected,

but

when I say

or don't say Them

I

show You more about Me

than You ordinarily

see

And I don't know

if there will be repercussions

or discussions about my agenda;

perhaps my pronouns will offend

people I otherwise thought were, if not

friends,

at least

not enemies.

Perhaps

an example will help Me explain the pain that

pronouns can cause:

If I say to Them (the ones Who fill the desks in my

room), "We

got a new puppy this weekend,"

the conversation ends before it begins

because

They

Immediately see that I, who usually only says "Me" has

Now said "WE"

"Who's WE?" They ask,

and then I

am way out there with

nowhere to hide, no turning back,

under attack-catch-22-damned if

I do

(which I don't because I can't in most states of

the union)

and damned if I don't because then I

lie to Them and to Me. …

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