Nasty Habits in Replying to Emails

Gavin Flower GavinFlower at
Mon Apr 28 07:40:32 UTC 2014

On 28/04/14 19:13, Adam Williamson wrote:
> On Mon, 2014-04-28 at 11:11 +1200, Gavin Flower wrote:
>> On 28/04/14 03:53, Scott Robbins wrote:
>>> On Sun, Apr 27, 2014 at 05:04:09PM +0200, Karel Volný wrote:
>>>> Dne pátek, 25. dubna 2014 23:37:43 CEST, Adam Williamson  napsal(a):
>>>>> In addition to what other people have said, there are people of more
>>>>> than one gender reading this list...please be respectful.
>>>> true hermaphrodites?
>>>> K.
>>>> (ok, is that just my poor English allowing me to see the unintended
>>>> meaning, or is that sentence ambiguous also for native speakers?)
>>> As a native speaker, yes, I can see it being ambiguous. Though, to be
>>> honest, I didn't catch it until you pointed it out.
>>> However, it is often non-native speakers who catch things like this.
>>> This can be embarrassing when married to a non-native speaker.
>> Actually there are people with multiple distinct personalities, and some
>> people have personalities with different genders.  This can be caused by
>> extreme psychological abuse.
>> Also about 0.5% (percentage varies according to definitions used) of
>> children are born with genitalia that are not clearly identifiable as
>> being definitely exactly one of the two standard sexes (male & female).
>> Some of characteristics of both.
>> There are also people who are born definitely male physically, they get
>> married have children, then feel that they are really female and have an
>> operation to change their physical genitalia.
>> Gender is far more complicated than most people realize, and there are
>> more variations and combinations than I have outlined above!
> Sure, but...we're now way, way, way, way off topic. I acknowledge my
> initial wording was technically ambiguous, but I'd hope the meaning was
> clear (as Leon correctly explained, I was suggesting it's not a good
> idea to start a post with simply "Gentlemen"). I don't think an advanced
> gender studies class is furthering the cause of Fedora in this
> particular instance. :)
Fair enough!

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