Ze as gender-non specific pronoun:
1990. Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, USA. A friend was making his paper more gender inclusive, which at the time meant he/she or s/he.
I said, “Oh that’s easy! I’ll help! We can use search/replace!”
I pushed him aside, hit Alt-= to get to the menu… and it exited the program. He hadn’t saved. No original copy as he was writing this on the fly. All his work was lost. He was rightfully upset with me.
I was accustomed to Wordperfect 5.1 but he was on Wordperfect 4.2 which didn’t have drop down menus.
Moral of the story: Save and save often.
Moral of the story 2:
Ze is a better pronoun than the he/she of 26 years ago.
Moral of the story 3:
Something about right and wrong ways to be helpful. I haven’t learned Moral #3 yet.