Date: Mon, 1 Jun 1998 11:01:10 -0400
From: Alan Baragona
Subject: Re: Grammar -- It's Not Just For the Classroom!

At 07:52 AM 6/1/98 -0400, Bethany K. Dumas wrote:
>From the Metropolitan Diary column in today's NYTimes:
>Dear Diary:
>Visiting an editor at Random House, I stepped into a crowded elevator and
>found myself pressed close to the control panel. "Has everybody got their
>floors?" I asked. After a moment's silence, a young female voice from the
>rear said, "His or her." "I beg your pardon?" I said. "His or her. It's
>'Has everybody got his or her floors?' Your pronouns don't agree." "And
>shouldn't it be 'his or her floor', not 'floors'?" a young man piped up.
>"Each of us gets off at only one floor." "And wouldn't it be better to
>say 'Does everybody have?' rather than 'Has everybody got?'" a third voice
>chimed in. I stood corrected -- and red faced. But I was glad to know that
>good grammar is alive and well.

And so is anal retention (should that be hyphenated?). A pity the diarist
didn't think to say "Everybody is being pretty picky, isn't he or she?"