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April 28, 2008


Gavin Robinson

Thanks for taking up the challenge. This is an excellent response.

I'm starting to think that maybe identifying anyone as a historian is wrong because history is something we do, not something we are. Sex is no different: reproductive organs and chromosomes are things you have, not things you are. You can apply this to pretty much an kind of identity.

There was someone whose name I can't remember who wanted to banish the word "is" from the English language because it's so misleading.

I can vaguely remember hearing that in some languages a descriptive statement would literally translate as "the ball has red" not "the ball is red". Although I might have imagined this bit.

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