every time I use “they” to refer to a single gender-unknown person on Tumblr, another piece of my grammar-filled heart shatters, and the pieces scatter at the bottom of hell
“They” has been a singular pronoun for hundreds of years, you melodramatic dipshit.
well… actually… no… they is plural. people use they when they should use he, she, or it.
dense motherfucker, the pronoun “they” is an english equivalent for the third person indefinite singular and has been for literally centuries. it remains morphologically and syntactically plural therefore you don’t need to shit your little pantaloons at compromising your surely rock solid grammar rules.
i guarantee every fuckin time you’ve ever had to refer to a person of an unknown gender you’ve used “they” subconsciously. (“The post clerk gave me a message for you.” “Oh, what did they say?”) but you only have a problem with it when people specify it as a pronoun for themselves because you’re a shitlord i fuckin guess.
grammarized straight into hell
All of this. Can we just stop being prescriptivist for five minutes when
a) people’s actual well-being is involved, and
b) the usage in question has, indeed, been around for centuries, appearing both in the work of scores of lauded writers and in the everyday speech of the vast majority of English speakers?
What is more important, arbitrary rules (and I assure you, they are arbitrary), which don’t even reflect the history and usage of a word, or a real live human being’s rights, comfort, and health? :I