From: markodegard@...
Message: 8480
Date: 2001-08-13

--- In cybalist@..., "Glen Gordon" <glengordon01@...> wrote:
> To Mark's question on the origin of he/she, I said:
> >Dissimilation-assimilation combined with dialectal convergeance?
> >Like maybe, he/heo > *he/*sho > he/she?
> Whoops! Apparently /sho/ DOES exist in Middle English and there's
> even a bibliographical reference online explaining it:
> Britton, D. (1991) "On ME she/sho: a Scots solution to an English
> Nowele [North-Western European Language Evolution]17, 3-51."
> Hmm, damn I'm good. Any other questions? :)

I recall from something David Crystal wrote. Essentially, he said no
completely convincing etymology for 'she' can be presented.