It’s official! “Their” agrees with “everyone.” Printed in the newly released official wedding program is the message from Wills and Kate thanking everyone for their kindness.
No more debate. That settles it. I will have to accept change. Tradition has dictated that a pronoun must agree with its antecedent in gender and number. Tradition — who needs it? It’s just so awkward when you have to say, “We thank everyone for his or her kindness.” The “or her” would unquestionably have to be included in these modern times. The entire statement would have to be reworded, and really, who has that kind of time?
From now on I will try to move into the new usage in regard to agreement since that seems to be the choice not only of the palace but also of the rest of the English-speaking world. If it’s good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for me!
How-ev-er . . . about that unnecessary comma . . .