“It feels like at every session I’ve attended, singular ‘they’ has come up,” said Zimmer, a Wall Street Journal columnist and the editor of Vocabulary.com.
“The question of whether or not it’s OK to use singular ‘they’ has been around for hundreds of years,” said Brewster.
In old English, “you” was once plural, but “they” as singular has been disparaged for a long time, Brewster said. Now, Zimmer said, there are some newer arguments for using singular “they.”
“At one level, it’s a matter of whether the English language is heading toward greater acceptance of ‘they’ being construed as a singular pronoun,” Zimmer said. Read more