Mike’s correct pluralization shows him to have impeccable grammar: other authors sometimes fall short in their English language skills. Reading a useful and otherwise erudite tome today, I was struck by the author’s repeated use of the word “humankind,” as in: “humankind has often produced great cities…”
While honorable in its attempt at gender-neutral terminology, this usage only draws attention to its own awkwardness. There’s a perfectly good word here: “humanity.” “Of all of humanity’s achievements…..”
This isn’t hard, folks: you don’t have to say “policeperson”: it’s “police officer.” “Fireman” can become “fire fighter” etc. I’m not sure that using “man” is such an abomination, but if you don’t like it, you don’t have to butcher the language.
Just don’t ask me what to do with “freshman.”
That is all.