Sunday, July 26, 2009

Singular "they"

It was good enough for God :-)

<http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003572.html>
<http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003485.html>

It was good enough for Byron, Austen, Thackeray, Eliot, Dickens,
Trollope, and more:

<http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1601>

An 18th-century prescriptivist schoolmarm is to blame for the silly
rule that "he" is sex-neutral:

<http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/magazine/26FOB-onlanguage-t.html?_r=1>