On the right pronoun for pets

I have shared my love for Mary Norris, aka “The Comma Queen”, a number of times in this space, and today shall pose no disruption to the proper order of the universe.

Her latest video, on location at a beach, encompass all things wonderful about The New Yorker, for whom — or, perhaps, which — she toils.

It’s a place where the question of whether pets should get the pronouns usually reserved for humans can instill a debate.

This is the sort of question that can put the emotional “should there be two spaces after a period” debate to shame.

  1. Listen Mary Norris, author of “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen”

    December 22, 2015

  • Carol S.

    I agree with her reasoning, but the best part of the video is the “we’re at the beach” section. I laughed out loud, and my cat Tuck, WHO was sitting beside me, was startled.

  • Sergio Robert Andrade Jr.

    I feel a disturbance in the language, as if thousands of descriptive linguists suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

  • tboom

    This illustrates why 7th grade English was a nightmare. BTW, Miss. Berg would never have accepted “we’re at the beach” as a correct answer on any of her pop-quiz questions.