The 71-year-old actor took to Twitter to give an English lesson on pronouns but instead he got an epic schooling courtesy of Dictionary.com
Much like the President he supports noted Hollywood conservative James Woods is often prone to bouts of ill-advised and bigoted Twitter ranting.
From calling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the most dangerous person in America to branding fictional gay characters as indecent, Woods' feed is a quagmire of mindless liberal criticism and endless conservative screeching.
But a recent transphobic sermon from Woods about the proper use of pronouns caught the eye of the wordsmiths over at Dictionary.com who felt compelled to point out that Woods' thinly veiled transphobia was more than just bad manners."Please join me in using proper grammar, syntax, and spelling," Woods began on Twitter.
"The correct pronoun usage in the English language is 'he' for a singular male and 'she' for a singular female. 'They' is used for the plural of either males, females, or both. Don't be bullied by hare-brained liberals."
Please join me in using proper grammar, syntax, and spelling. The correct pronoun usage in the English language is… https://t.co/m1HeTulMbl— James Woods (@James Woods)1549906925.0
Fortunately the folks at Dictionary.com decide to take the time to point out how Woods was entirely wrong.
"They has been in use as a singular pronoun since the 1300s. Among its best known users in history: Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Jane Austen."
They has been in use as a singular pronoun since the 1300s. Among its best known users in history: Chaucer, Shakesp… https://t.co/Sg075AXbm4— Dictionary.com (@Dictionary.com)1549975636.0
It was a savage lesson in both English and humility, and Twitter was loving it.
@Dictionarycom Have a seat @RealJamesWoods https://t.co/C051XsF0lf— Proud Loser Teacher (@Proud Loser Teacher)1549976364.0
@Dictionarycom https://t.co/XJ0r3silMN— István Frigyes (@István Frigyes)1549978334.0
@Dictionarycom @little_rocket https://t.co/iA13zzzRPh— 2019ping as usual, I see (@2019ping as usual, I see)1550081587.0
@andrewtraviss @ShouldBeNoted @MellifluousSunF @Dictionarycom @zodiacreverie @RealJamesWoods https://t.co/P1J2xCC3aX— Snowborn (@Snowborn)1550151527.0
@Dictionarycom @FruittiLoopz Woods like... https://t.co/v4E0IwSTsT— The Brain (@The Brain)1550034705.0
People even threw in their own examples of just how wrong Woods was.
@RealJamesWoods I was walking down the street when someone bumped into me. They were not polite about it. Also lang… https://t.co/6VQRoS6gGT— Daniel Keuchel (@Daniel Keuchel)1550114280.0
@RealJamesWoods @tehOwenMorris No, it isn't. The singular 'they' is used all the time. https://t.co/Wf7Fw3xHEK— Andy Donaldson (@Andy Donaldson)1550002571.0
@RealJamesWoods “The mailman came” “Oh cool, did they bring my package?”— Kate (@Kate)1549984847.0
Even though it may fall on deaf ears when it comes to those who think like Woods, or don't think at all, many were still grateful that Dictionary was getting the word out there.
@Dictionarycom @zodiacreverie The impact this one tweet can have on literally tens of thousands of people is astoun… https://t.co/e4CzhAopPW— 💝🌻 Becca 🌻💝 (@💝🌻 Becca 🌻💝)1549977521.0
@Dictionarycom https://t.co/plVRvm2Hca— Sal🍡 (@Sal🍡)1549977529.0
@Dictionarycom @Aestraya I'm sad that I had to be exposed to one of that man's repulsive tweets, but bloody good jo… https://t.co/jT0UPC6aTd— Jack Lawrence @ TFCon LA (@Jack Lawrence @ TFCon LA)1550016954.0
Hopefully Woods at least learned not to hide his transphobia behind grammar lessons.
If he wants to try again though he better look for another language.
@Dictionarycom @chick_in_kiev You just dunked on him so hard I think he switched to French.— @firstname.lastname@example.org (@@email@example.com)1550017216.0