MORE ON SINGULAR “THEY” FROM DENNIS BARON’S WEB OF LANGUAGE

Reblogged from Just Can’t Help Writing: Baron explores the history of singular “they” and the many (mostly futile) alternatives proposed over time.

Just Can't Help Writing

Writer with questionsLooks as if many people are interested in the wonderfully time-saving and ink-saving solution represented by using “they” to refer to singular antecedents. Baron discusses some of the more complex implications as this rather time-honored practice is enlisted to address new challenges inherent in producing precise, inclusive language. The WOL doesn’t have a reblog button (and be aware, when I try to sign in to comment using Facebook or Google, I get an error message and so end up using my gmail account). But the blog is worth a look.  The article on “they” is here.

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