Lede from a New York Observer piece on a personnel shift at the New York Times:
New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir has announced the end of her Metro section nightlife column, The Nocturnalist.
“This is our final column,” Ms. Nir wrote today. “The last opportunity this reporter will have to refer to ourselves in the plural (that is, without raising concern for our mental health).”
In the past year and half, Ms. Nir and a small army of stringers documented more than 200 parties in her signature, slightly agog third-person plural.
Yeah . . . that’s actually first-person plural. Almost no one (outside of Sybil, maybe) refers to him- or herself as they.
Not to get technical about it.