November 2, 2005

This is why he works at the OED and I work in my underwear

A month ago I posted on the subject of everyday sins, including, "Saying 'literally' when you mean 'figuratively.' If you literally died, how are you telling me this inane story."

Today in Slate, Jesse Sheidlower tells me to stop whining. Considering that I've been confidentally using "they" as a gender-neutral singular pronoun ever since reading Jesse's very similar defense of that usage, I guess I'll have to let go of this pet peeve as well. Now where did I put those breadcrumbs?

[Via Gawker, which, as I note in the comments did not actually read the piece before linking it.]

Posted by Daniel Radosh

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