[lit-ideas] Re: grades & kleenex

  • From: Harold Hungerford <hh@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 10:54:47 -0700

No. it isn't. There has been a "feminine pronoun" since the earliest 
written records, and certainly before that. What your source might have 
said is that "she" came into use in the twelfth century, replacing the 
earlier "heo." The earliest citation for "she" in the Oxford English 
Dictionary is dated 1154.

Harold Hungerford

On May 7, 2004, at 5:01 AM, andy amago wrote:

I read someplace that the feminine pronoun didn't exist until I can't 
remember what century.  Is that correct?

To change your Lit-Ideas settings (subscribe/unsub, vacation on/off,
digest on/off), visit www.andreas.com/faq-lit-ideas.html

Other related posts: