Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Is a person a Who or a That?

Reposted with permission from Bryan Garner, Distinguished Research Professor of Law, Southern Baptist University.

      My recommendation: don't be one of those people that insist on not using that in reference to humans. And be curious enough to consult usage books when you suspect that someone is linguistically errant.

Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage 945
   (3d ed. 2011).
Garner's Modern American Usage 808, 862
   (3d ed. 2009).