Jim's Polka

The life of a former software engineer, now a law student

Thursday, August 19, 2004

He/She/They

Apparently, you're really not supposed to use he as a non-gender-specific pronoun. According to Language Log:

That is not how we say things in English. (The commonest way to get around the gender problem here is to use singular they: Was it your father or your mother who broke their leg on a ski trip?; Either the husband or the wife has perjured themself. Shakespeare used it; Jane Austen used it; loads of fine authors use it. Get used to it. And if you have a usage book like Strunk and White that declares singular they to be an error, throw that book away.)

(Found via Crooked Timber)