Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Official Grammarian

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, the rules of grammar have changed recently.  “Their” can be used as a singular possessive pronoun instead of “his or hers.”  “They” can be used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/01/08/donald-trump-may-win-this-years-word-of-the-year/?utm_term=.a1a1f1752b49

In addition, you (note I’m replacing “one”) may now single-space as the end of a sentence. Who decides these things?  Apparently a select group of linguists do.  I happened to stumble across this information while I was racing down a sidetrack.  Otherwise, I might never have known and would have continued to foist “his/hers” on the reading public. 
I think those who change the rules of grammar should make public service announcements at regular intervals for fourteen months.  And I have just the way to do that.  Recruit someone who likes to tweet–a lot!

Suppose we find someone who tweets all the time to everybody about everything.  A person like that could make himself really useful to the American people by making public service announcements.  Perhaps we should give the job of Tweeter-in-Chief to someone well-known, someone in the spotlight. He would not have to necessarily be popular, just someone who draws press coverage. That way, not only would his followers read them, they would be broadcast in every home by the media.

And as for the content, the Tweeter-in-Chief could tweet out all sorts of useful information such as weather conditions, road closures, schools’ foggy day schedules, airline flight delays and cancellations and, of course, changes in the rules of grammar.

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