> On Sep 22, 2015, at 6:09 AM, Andrew Dunstan <and...@dunslane.net> wrote:
> You are fighting a losing battle. Think of they/them/their/theirs as being 
> indefinitely gendered third person singular pronouns, as well as being third 
> person plural pronouns. Yes it's a relatively new usage, but I don't think 
> its at all unreasonable (speaking as someone who has been known to dislike 
> some new usages and neologisms). It's not at all sloppy. On the contrary, 
> it's quite deliberate. It's just not quite traditional. You need to get over 
> that.

The use of "their" as singular dates back at least as far as Chaucer in the 
14th century, prior to 
the use of "you" as a singular pronoun.  Militant grammarian schoolteachers may 
have told you
not to use it that way, but that doesn't change the history of its use.

Mark Dilger

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