English: when everybody is a ‘he’!


English: when everybody is a ‘he’!

When a child addresses everybody as a ‘he’, I wonder if there is a problem with high-frequency hearing loss. The tiny hair-like sensory hearing cells in your cochlea (inner ear) are damaged. There is a problem differentiating certain higher pitch consonants like sh or f).

pensive ethnic man listening to answer in paper cup phone
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I heard
but I haven’t heard.
Was it a ‘she’ or a ‘he’?


The ‘cat’ is beautiful,
or the ‘hat’ is beautiful?
And can one comb the [h]air?


The teacher’s explanation was simple.
Yet, she couldn’t understand.
Is she ‘stupid’ or ‘slow‘?


I love music
But I can’t get the lyrics.
It’s ‘distorted’ music!

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Hearing screening for babies and school children would have helped eliminate these falsely ‘lost and stupid’ kids in the world of sound.

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3 Comments

  1. The presumptive use of he (also mankind or any other single sexed word for anyone/every one) is one of the current problems with English. Unless we go with it or the more inclusive, but grammatically incorrect they/them, many people are upset. That does not even address the issue that you are bring up about the ability to hear these words correctly.

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