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Old 03-24-2008, 05:02 PM
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When Star Trek was on, I wasn't allowed to wear pants to school.
Being British, not being able to wear 'pants' seems a bit odd - you see, not many people are allowed to check to see if one is wearing underwear or not.
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:23 PM
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Being British, not being able to wear 'pants' seems a bit odd - you see, not many people are allowed to check to see if one is wearing underwear or not.
Indeed. It would be quite odd for the administration to have to check all the students' fannies every day to make sure that they're covered by only one layer of fabric instead of two.

Oh, but now I've gone and made uncomfortable our Australian forum participants.

Wonderful thing, this language of ours.

(For those who don't know, in the States, "fanny" refers to the rump, butt, buttocks, bottom, seat, or derrière of either gender).

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Old 03-24-2008, 08:27 PM
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Actually, boys, "man," due to its particular usage in the English language, is utterly context-sensitive. There are two definitions for the word "man;" it can be a singular noun meaning, "a human male," or it can be a collective noun meaning, "any person." It remains to the reader/listener to determine which is intended in any given example, although there are clichés which are generally universally understood to use only one definition or the other.

The word, therefore, both is and is not a "catch all [sic]."

In the particular example ". . . to boldly go [sic] where no man has gone before," the meaning of "man" remains entirely open to interpretation, as the sentence would make as much sense reading ". . . where no person has gone before," as it would reading ". . . where no human male has gone before."

Also, I should note that English is a masculocentric language, so if gender is unknown or is intended not to be conveyed anyway, the correct form to use is the masculine.

The argument, therefore and in my most humble opinion, is moot. You are both correct.

By the way, FireDevlin, what's this crack about "pureblood?" Are you trying to say something derogatory about those of us with only one Trekkie parent?
Whether they use "man" or "one", we know for certain one thing about the line they must never change: the split infinitive!
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They better not go PC and change it from NO MAN to NO ONE.....
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:08 AM
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Being British, not being able to wear 'pants' seems a bit odd - you see, not many people are allowed to check to see if one is wearing underwear or not.
So where you the offical "Knicker Checker" in school?
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