Read this story about the Colorado gay nightclub shooter. What jumps out at me is that the article uses everyone’s preferred pronouns. It makes for a very hard read because it sounds like more than one person did the shooting.
Appearing in person at court Tuesday morning for the first time since being arrested, Aldrich, 22, sat alongside their public defender as the state prosecution presented their case…
Aldrich, who identifies as non-binary, allegedly opened fire at Club Q in Colorado Springs on the night of Nov. 19. They continued shooting for six minutes, at which point they were tackled and beaten by patrons.emphasis added
Since, in this case, ‘they’ refers to a single person and is not the plural pronoun, the last sentence should read: “They continued shooting for six minutes, at which point they was tackled and beaten by patrons.” Or perhaps we can revert to the rules of the English language and use the proper ‘he’ instead of ‘they’.
The English language is dead.