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Bonus Post: “Sorry, grammar nerds. The singular ‘they’ has been declared Word of the Year.”

The quote in the title of this blog is the title of an article in The Washington Post… They

Why I decided to feature this in a Bonus Post will be left to explanation in response to a proper query in the comments

A hint of my possible answer is this excerpt from the article:

“…the singular they is ‘the only sensible solution to English’s lack of a gender-neutral third-person singular personal pronoun.’”

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2 responses to “Bonus Post: “Sorry, grammar nerds. The singular ‘they’ has been declared Word of the Year.”

  1. Chaz DeSimone January 8, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    They (a committee or just one decision maker?) are too damn lazy, like today’s generation of texters. Although the “singular ‘they'” has now made writing a lot easier and less convoluted, or at the least less nerdy, it’s truly a cop-out. Another word could have been created for he/she (at least we don’t have to do that anymore!) Too much effort injecting a new word into our vocabulary? Like “texting,” “blog,” and “omg”? I don’t think so.

    Another word that needs to be created is one to mean “he and/or she” (the / is for situations where you don’t know the gender of the person…or when a person is from West Hollywood).

    Anyway, George Carlin must be laughing right now that the subject of his most famous monologue has been altered. But still, who are “they”?

    Thanks for alerting me to this most interesting topic. Great blog fodder for my writing friends. Hey, for everyone, actually. Xcpt txtrs.


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