News on the pronoun front/pronouns on the news

Subject: News on the pronoun front/pronouns on the news
From: Dick Margulis <margulis -at- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 20:33:05 -0400

Driving home today, BBC World News on the radio, I caught the following
sentence (or something like it, as I was not writing it down while

"Whoever is elected President of Peru, he or she will have their work
cut out for them."

I've heard similar locutions on the BBC in the past, so I take it that
this organization, which is, as we all know, quite the stickler for
usage and diction, has settled on using they-their-them as a singular
pronoun embracing both genders. Sounds awful to my US ears, but there
you are: apparently it's the way to go in the UK.


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