from the "Metropolitan Diary" section of the NY TIMES (June 1, 1998)
Visiting an editor at Random House, I stepped into a crowded elevator and found
myself pressed close to the control panel.
"Has everyone got their floors?" I asked.
After a moment's silence, a young female voice from the rear said, "His or her."
"I beg your pardon?" I said.
"His or her. It's 'Has everyone got his or her floors?' Your pronouns don't
"And shouldn't it be 'his or her floor', not 'floors'?" a young man piped up.
"Each of us gets off at only one floor."
"And wouldn't it be better to say 'Does everybody have?' rather than 'Has
everybody got?'" a third voice chimed in.
I stood corrected - and red faced. But I was glad to know that good grammar is
alive and well.