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Their You Are

August 11th, 2009

In addition to this New York Times column on the use of “they”, “them” and “their” as singular pronouns, come these examples from Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue by John McWhorter (Gotham Books, New York, 2008)

  • 1400’s, Amadace — “iche mon in thayre degree”
  • Shakespeare, Comedy of Errors–“There’s not a man I meet but doth salute me / As I were their weel-acquainted friend”
  • Thackery, Vanity Fair — “A person can’t help their birth.”

I guess it’s official.

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