Mosaic wrote:It is 100% intentional. There was a sidebar that accidentally got cut explaining the decision--what it amounts to is after a considerable amount of research, we settled on the singular "they" as the most recognizable and acceptable pronoun for agender and genderfluid characters.AlgaeNymph wrote:I assumed it was an editing error, like an accidental find-and-replace. If it's intentional, it's really annoying. I've seen "When someone leaves their light on..." but never "Someone walks into a room. They look around." 3rd-person indefinite, okay; 3rd-person singular, no. Weird, and not weird like saying "she or he," rather than "he or she" (maybe a little jarring at first because it's unusual, but it's still grammatically correct and equivalent) vs. weird because it's wrong.Slithery D wrote:Side note: I find the use of "they" rather than "it" as a genderless pronoun horribly jarring and confusing. I couldn't even understand what was happening the first time I encountered it and thought there was some mysterious group entity I had missed a reference to or poor editing.My guess is that Paizo feels that "it" is dehumanizing, or depersonizing in this case. I do understand how using "they" can be a bit confusing, but gender-neutral pronouns like "e" aren't yet popularized in colloquial English.
If I could make a suggestion, perhaps that sidebar or something like it could make an appearance on the blogs? That way readers who haven't wandered through this thread might be enlightened.
As for the usage, it was only mildly confusing when I scanned the line the first time. After you (or in this case I) acclimate yourself to the style it works out fine and isn't particularly confusing.
I may be in the minority -- and I know that, as indicated in later posts that since I don't use these pronouns my opinion is a little less meaningful -- but at this point I think that "they" reads better than some of the less commonly/widely used. Unless the sidebar made an appearance detailing that "e" is being used as a pronoun and not a misprint in the text, then it would be fine.
In any cases, I enjoyed the book and the effort put into it.