Yo

There’s some talk that’s swirling around in popular linguistics about the question of whether ‘yo’ is emerging as the new gender-neutral pronoun. See the issue at Language Log here: Yo.

As I’ve noted before (hey, read the “Recently Viewed” links to the right), I think we already have a gender-neutral third-person singular pronoun in American English: it’s “they”. We always use it in actual speech when we don’t know the gender of the person already: “Somebody drove my car, and they left the mirrors all screwed up.”

30. March 2008 by Ron
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