new Web of Language post: You are the person of the year

Dennis Baron debaron at UIUC.EDU
Sun Dec 24 07:00:56 UTC 2006

There's a new post on the

Web of Language:

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"You are the person of the year.  One of you?  Two of you?  All of you?"

"Time magazine has just announced that you are its person of the year  
for 2006.  One blogger faulted the magazine for not making clear  
whether you is singular or plural.  Since the magazine’s cover has a  
mirror – actually a bit of silvered paper impersonating a mirror – it  
seemed clear to me that you was singular. . . ."

To find out why, go to

Happy holidays,


Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
University of Illinois
608 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

office: 217-244-0568
fax: 217-333-4321

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