Date: Thu, 22 Feb 1996 16:31:13 -0600

From: Miriam Meyers mmeyers[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSUS1.MSUS.EDU

Subject: Re: silly rules of grammar

Donald Lance writes

The first time I was in London, alongside the bus from the airport to the

hotel there was a van with this interesting motto painted on it:

Everyone should have their own phone

And I don't think IT&T or Sprint or some such institution installs phones

in England. Would the British phone service use the Queen's English or


I have a citation of the queen using singular they; it's common in B.

Britain according to British linguists who watch such matters.

Miriam Meyers

Metropolitan State University