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University of Michigan
Singular "they": the editors' decision

When the editors of the Associated Press Stylebook announced to the American Copy Editors Society that the stylebook was dropping the over/more than distinction, there was a great outcry from editors and journalism professors who felt that the props had been kicked out from under them. When at the most recent ACES conference David Minthorn of the AP was asked about permitting singular they, he essentially brushed it off as not a serious issue.* But, as Anne Curzan writes for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Lingua Franca blog, discussion of singular they is busting out all over this spring. And there are reactions. The people who have been schooled to loathe singular they...