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    "It is currently in decline"



    "Richard Fuller writes about an old seaman’s wisdom: “In fierce storms we must do one thing, for there is only one way to survive: we must put the ship in a certain position and keep her there.” Fuller likens our soul to a ship in a storm: We must put it in one position and refuse to move it, no matter what."


    Ships and countries

    "Traditionally ships, even ships named after men such as USS Barry, countries, and oceans have been referred to using the feminine pronouns. The origins of this practice are not certain, and it is currently in decline (though still more common for ships, particularly in nautical usage, than for countries)."

    More: Gender-specific pronoun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Does "It is currently in decline" mean it is on its way out?

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    Re: "It is currently in decline"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post


    "Richard Fuller writes about an old seaman’s wisdom: “In fierce storms we must do one thing, for there is only one way to survive: we must put the ship in a certain position and keep her there.” Fuller likens our soul to a ship in a storm: We must put it in one position and refuse to move it, no matter what."


    Ships and countries

    "Traditionally ships, even ships named after men such as USS Barry, countries, and oceans have been referred to using the feminine pronouns. The origins of this practice are not certain, and it is currently in decline (though still more common for ships, particularly in nautical usage, than for countries)."

    More: Gender-specific pronoun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Does "It is currently in decline" mean it is on its way out?
    Yes and no. The practice of referring to ships using feminine pronouns is becoming less prevalent. Fewer people are doing it. The practice is declining. Whether it is "on its way out" or not remains to be seen - "on its way out" suggests a high probability/certainty that the practice will vanish completely. The decline might inexplicably stop at any point in the future. For all we know, it might start to happen more often. All we can say for sure is that it happens less now than it did in the past.
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