example: ”them waved to the public” yes im sure, i back genderless people and all that, but them or they are NOT single words, IT DOES NOT MAKE ENGLISH sense, it does not mean someone does not respect you, accept your decision, ect, you can say “that person” or anything but do not try to “take” words and change the meaning of them when they already exist for being double entity based words
…… uh….. you used the wrong word?
It would be ‘they waved to the public’ (‘them waved to the public’ would be ‘him/her waved to the public’ which also sounds off/doesn’t fit with common speech)
so maybe you’re not as sure of yourself as you think?
Just so you know singular they has a LONG history of being used much like ‘s/he’, ‘generic he’, etc. It’s still morphologically plural (‘They are’ rather than ‘They is’) but the context makes it clear that a single (or just an indefinite number which happens too) person is being talked about.
This is literally something people engage in ALL THE TIME! Often without realizing, which is where the joke in the OP comes from. And when I say singular they(/generic they) has a LONG history I mean hundreds of years. It was good enough for Shakespeare, it’s good enough for me.
And for the record, refusing to use someone’s pronouns, propping up that refusal in a terrible (and flat out wrong) argument for ‘proper grammar’ (thus implying that ‘proper grammar’ is more important than people) while demonstrating very little understand of what language is and how it functions (language EVOLVES! people take words and change the meanings ALL THE TIME. and that’s not even what is happening here) is amazingly disrespectful, not in the least ‘accepting’, invalidating as hell, and cissexist as shit.
Also for the record genderless people, both those who do and do not use singular they as their pronouns, are not the only category of people who have/use singular they for their pronouns.
I am fucking tired of this conversation. I am fucking tired of having to point out that my identity matters more than prescriptivist ‘BUT GRAMMER’ bullshit. I am tired of justifying singular they when it’s been in use FOR HUNDREDS OF FUCKING YEARS! I am tired of pointing out how language works. I am tired of this same regurgitated crap.
Use people’s pronouns and get over it.