The Washington Post reports some terrific news:
Singular "they," the gender-neutral pronoun, has been named the Word of the Year by a crowd of over 200 linguists at the American Dialect Society's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening.
....The Post’s style guide ratified this usage last month, which caused some grammar pedants to shriek. But as Post copy editor Bill Walsh explained, the singular they is “the only sensible solution to English’s lack of a gender-neutral third-person singular personal pronoun.”
OK, so we can now say:
Takes some getting used to, doesn't it? But I'm all for it. I will celebrate the day when gendered pronouns are gone for good.