D.A. apologizes to ex-Duke lacrosse playersIn our research, we've encountered grammar experts who say "that" and "who" can both be used to refer to people. Perhaps this is the case. But we don't care for it at SPOGG.
'I apologize to the three students that were wrongly accused,' Nifong says
We like to distinguish between animate and inanimate objects. We like to honor people with the word "who"; it feels infinitely more elegant than that. (We also call named animals "who.")
Besides, "that" reminds us of the televangelist Jim Bakker, whose organization PTL stood for "Praise the Lord" or "People That Love."
People That Love? Ugh. That's some hellish prose. Amen.