[Ads-l] Word of the Year 2015: singular "they"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 9 21:46:54 UTC 2016

On Sat, Jan 9, 2016 at 6:29 AM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> "they" used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun.

Have other people noticed the quasi-corresponding use of _themself_ as the

"Nobody else wanted to try to do it because _they_ were scared that _they_
might hurt _themself_."
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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