The use of they as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun has become a hot topic. Most recently, the American Dialect Society chose singular they as the Word of the Year for 2015, which means they joins the ranks of #blacklivesmatter (2014), because (2013) and hashtag in a mostly tongue-in-cheek demonstration of how language changes over time.
When you ask an editor what they think about singular they, they usually say something business-minded, such as, “I use our house style guide,” or “I follow my client’s instructions.” That’s because, as editors, we’re trained to be flexible and to consider context in our work. That said, we are also taught to follow certain rules, many of which we defend with gusto. And if we’re honest about it, we each have our editorial guns that we stick to whenever we can.
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