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Tennessee Legislature

Line 'em up, knock 'em down

When, a couple of days ago, I suggested accepting they as a singular to provide the epicene pronoun English otherwise lacks, there was the sort of brouhaha that one encounters whenever some minor idol is toppled from its plinth.  It occurs to me that the comments fell immediately into the stereotyped responses in disputes over usage and that I could report them here, perhaps using them as a template for responses to further kerfuffles. You know, like Edmund Wilson's postcard responding to requests. Just reply with a link to this post and cite the appropriate number.  Some of the responses from Facebook and elsewhere: 1. I'm sorry, but I still cringe when...