Thursday, March 11, 2004
Gendered Pronouns? Some Antics 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
Turns out I have been committing a grammatical no-no for years, in using the gender-neutral plural "they" as a substitute for the more correct phrase "he or she." Though I often shy away from using one word when three would suffice, I suspect the real reason is my longstanding aversion to highly gender-specific language. (No, I'm not advocating that we switch to neutralities like shis, shim, hizzer, cowperson, or heaven forbid, Sh[e]it.)

I stand chastened: Crescat Sententia neatly analyzes the argument.