What sort of thing?
I was interested in the following sentence which appeared in an article titled “Colorless, Tasteless but Not Dangerous" by Dwight Garner in The New York Times (November 15, 2010).
People who do gravitate toward these sort of things, he warns, sotto voce, might be “the wrong kind of white person.”
Can someone clarify if the fragment "these sort of things" is ungrammatical, as I think it is?
I would reword "sort" with "sorts", but I'm not sure on this correction because the phrase "these sort of things" occurs on many occasions on The New York Times, it frequently occurs in others newspapers and, more generally, it has 2,670,000 hits on Google Search. So I am wondering if it is in common usage, albeit it isn't the highest register.