WaPo Drops the Mic on “He or She”

The Washington Post has updated its style guide: “e-mail” is now “email”, “Web sites” are now “websites”, and perhaps most significantly, “they/them/their” will now be used as gender-neutral third-person singular personal pronouns, instead of defaulting to “he/him/his” or recasting to make a sentence plural (e.g. “Readers will have their own opinions” will now be the more precise “Each reader will have their own opinion.”). Post copy editor (and proprietor of The Slot) Bill Walsh notes “I suspect that the singular they will go largely unnoticed even by those who oppose it on principle. We’ve used it before, if inadvertently, and I’ve never heard a complaint.”

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