Date: Sun, 6 Nov 1994 00:53:52 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: Folkspeech as wellspring While we're on the subject of sex-indefinite singular 'they', a valuable brief history and analysis is given by Ann Bodine in a Language in Society paper published in 1975. The use of 'they'/'them'/'themself' in a variety of contexts (albeit to different extents in different syntactic environments) is indeed rather ancient, pre-dating the current 'PC' debates by several centuries, in both formal and informal registers. --Larry