This Paper addresses the issue of the increasing trend toward gender-neutral writing--specifically, the use of "she," "he or she," "he/she," and "they" in place of the generic "he." In responding to a need for a gender-neutral, third-person singular pronoun, the author suggests expanding the English language to include a new word, "E," the lowest common denominator of "he" and "she," and offers suggestions and examples for its usage.
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