One of my coworkers shared this joke with me (from Powell’s City of Books online newsletter, back in 2002): “This brief interlude is dedicated to the millions of unheralded, hardworking blank spaces who tirelessly and with pride perform the thankless task of unbeing in order that words should remain properly held apart.”
This is a good article about “adulting.” One can now take “adulting” classes on basic stuff like baking a cake, changing a lightbulb, and so on. To be honest, that’s all kind of silly. We really need classes on the major things, like buying a house, handling insurance, and managing finances. The super-basic stuff should be learned by watching or doing. I’ll admit, as a Millennial, all the basic “adult” stuff was intimidating to me at first, but the only way to do it is… to do it. It also helps if you’re forced to do it and you have no other choice and no one to do it for you.
According to some, it’s time for “they.” I’ve talked about the use of the singular “they” here before, and I do use it in speech, but in writing, I still default to the clunky “he or she” or the old-fashioned “he” when referring to a human being of unknown gender. It’s way too premature and presumptuous to tell others what to call others or themselves. I know I’m not “woke” and that’s OK. My opinion is that we should refer to everyone as “y’all.” Using “y’all” in the third person might be even more awkward than using singular “they.” But it’s my choice, right?