Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hipster "multiculturalism"

At my Italian class, one student, a thirty-something hipster with scraggly beard, skinny arms, and nervous hands, was corrected by the instructor: a woman author is a "scrittrice," not a "scrittore."

In response, he rolled his eyes and mumbled something about how sexist this all was.

Entire languages are subject to condemnation if they do not live up to the standards of the twenty-first century Brooklyn hipster!

(Interestingly, the same fellow often corrects the instructor on basic language points, e.g., "That's not reflexive!" in a case where Italian uses a reflexive verb but English doesn't. Even the logical structure of the language is not up to snuff in his eyes.)

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