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    Beastly Fido Roxxsmom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by AW Admin View Post
    Singular they has been standard since at least 1300. If it's good enough for Chaucer and Austen, it's good enough for us!

    And if you look at Old English, there are multiple cased of singular they; Aelfrich uses it in his Homilies.
    That's one of the things that is so baffling about the whole thing. People, including some very well-respected writers, have been using it for ages. Which makes me think that most of the modern objections are really objections to gender equality (and to the expanding concept of gender in English-speaking cultures), not concerns about grammar.

    Though I've seen people fiercely defend other grammar or style "rules" they were taught at some point that are just as wrong, so maybe it can also be a sort of sunk costs fallacy?
    Last edited by Roxxsmom; 09-19-2019 at 10:02 PM.
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