Saying that Caitlyn Jenner is in the news is a bit like saying that there are words in the dictionary. Regardless of what you think of the media storm, her very public story has opened up conversations about sexuality and gender identity like never before.
I’ve long espoused the utility of the singular they as a handy pronoun for when the sex of the subject is hypothetical or unknown. But as a copyeditor, I’m beholden to convention—it’s not for me to tell an author they should use a form that some people consider ungrammatical. My job is to provide clarity and avoid bumps along the way.
“You Heard ’Em Here First: Words of 2015”: Will you experience a textruption in 2015? Perhaps you’ll work for a platisher this year. Ben Zimmer looks at some possible new words. (The Wall Street Journal)