Here and Now (WBUR), “Gender Pronouns And The History Of ‘They'”

May 18, 2015

Interview on WBUR show Here and Now, “Gender Pronouns And The History Of ‘They’” (May 18, 2015)

The use of the word “they” as a gender-neutral singular pronoun is gaining wider acceptance, even among copy editors. But linguist and Wall Street Journal columnist Ben Zimmer says the use of the universal pronoun ‘they’ is nothing new.

Zimmer tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that writers including Chaucer and Shakespeare have used “they” instead of he or she. But will modern-day English speakers adapt their style to incorporate “they”?

(Show page, audio, related WSJ column)

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