Anybody who spends time writing is, at one time or another, vexed by the lack of a gender-neutral (should read sex-neutral) pronoun in the English language. Attempts have been made to overcome this problem either by avoiding indefinite pronouns, or by the use of his or her or his/her. Both of these fixes have drawbacks. Their was considered singular until the 18th century but has yet to make a resurgence, despite its pedigree. Because pronouns, in English, belong to a closed word class it has been very difficult to add any neologisms. Thus, we are without a workable resolution.
Yo was tuckin’ in his shirt!
Yo threw a thumbtack at me.
Yo been runnin’ the halls.
Yo put his foot up.
Yo wearin’ a jacket. A coat!
You acting like I said what yo said.
She ain’t really go with yo.
Yo look like a sack ass gump.
It appears it will be necessary to begin updating the laws of our land. For example, 47 U.S.C. § 223, Obscene or harassing telephone calls in the District of Columbia, will now read:
“makes a telephone call utilizes a telecommunications device . . . without disclosing yo identity . . . “
Thank you Baltimore, you have given so much. Let yo flourish. As an aside, “sack ass gump” is not defined, but it sounds great. Who would want to be called a “sack ass gump”?