i got 99 problems but a fish ain't one (someidiot) wrote in linguaphiles,
i got 99 problems but a fish ain't one
someidiot
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Something I (a native English speaker) have always done..

Ever since I was little, if I was referring to an unknown (single) person in a sentence, I would use "they" (as opposed to "he") as a pronoun, as it felt wrong to use 'he' if I didn't know their proper gender, and I always found 'his or her' to be bulky.

Recently, people have been telling me this is the wrong way to refer to someone, even though nobody has corrected me for 19 years (until now). What do you guys think, am I doing it right?
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