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It says under my byline "Second Team Getting Their First Start.
Grammatically this is probably incorrect. The omitted subject is almost certainly "Second Team [Player]." It should then read "Getting His First Start."
I find this failure to have agreement between the singular subject and its corresponding pronoun all the time. I think it's an effort to be gender neutral or non-sexist with the language.
Total b.s. It's not sexist to say the following, for example: "Everyone open his notebook." I usually throw in "his or her," but that gets cumbersome quickly.
Why have feminists ruined the language? People who love it and think it should be above politics want to know.
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And the neuter for English has traditionally been the masculine.
The denial of that is simply re-writing grammar. ...
Is anybody denying that subject-verb agreement isn't fair game?
otoh, your claim that any deviation from tradition is "re-writing grammar" is incorrect. Using "her" instead of "his" wasn't incorrect, it just wasn't common. So while a language like Spanish has words that are masculine or feminine, and deviation is in fact incorrect, that's not the case with English.
Furthermore, the English language constantly changes, as much as that must pain somebody like you. It's also a pretty quirky language. So saying "her book" instead of "his book" is perfectly acceptable.
Originally Posted by State
...Manhole cover is now personhole cover?
I don't know anybody who has used or advocated the use of the term "personhole cover." You do?
Originally Posted by State
...But don't get me started on it's/its. That's a mind field like lie/lay. Whose boots are lying on the floor? Yesterday I lay on the hammock reading the new Dean Koontz Frankenstein novel.
I've never understood the confusion on its/it's. (I do understand typos -- but I don't know how one would be confused on proper usage.)