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“Their” roots? ::sigh::
Agellius, yes, I noticed that. Former journalist that I am, I said to myself: “his or her, not their.” You may or may not know that these types of things often get changed in the final written record of the talk. And I don’t know his exact quotation from the talk itself, but it will be available on-line soon.
It wasn’t just the grammatical error, but the fact that he refrained from using the traditional “his”. Kind of ironic given the content of the quote. : )
But I get your point that this is a transcription and my not accurately reflect the original. And even if it does, that doesn’t condemn him, a lot of smart people don’t use perfect grammar. I just thought it was kind of funny.
Imperfect grammar like this used to bother me. Now using “they” as a singular to mean “he or she” is used often. I actually approve of this change. As life moves on we need new words like “internet.” We need a word to mean “his or her” because “his” just doesn’t cut it. Unless someone invents a better one and has it officially added to the English language, “Their” is preferable to “his or her.”
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