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‘They’ Is the Word of the Year, Merriam-Webster Says, Noting Its Singular Rise

A surge in searches for the definition of an old-school pronoun signals a new, nonbinary meaning.


Merriam-Webster announced the pronoun “they” as its word of the year on Tuesday. The dictionary publisher said searches for the definition of “they” on its website and apps increased by 313% in 2019 compared to the previous year.

A surge in searches for the definition of an old-school pronoun signals a new, nonbinary meaning.

Merriam-Webster announced the pronoun “they” as its word of the year on Tuesday, marking the rise of the use of the venerable plural pronoun to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.

The public’s interest in words is often driven by major news events, said Peter Sokolowski, an editor-at-large at Merriam-Webster. Other words that generated high year-over-year comparisons this year — “quid pro quo” and “impeachment” — are tied to political headlines.

“A pronoun like ‘they’ is one of the building blocks of the language,” Mr. Sokolowski said. “But with the nonbinary usage, people are sensing that it means something new or different, and they are going to the dictionary. When you see lookups for it triple, you know that ‘they’ is a word that is in flux.”

Read more: The New York Times

Well done “They”, word of the year. The and hey, you were so close That means we all go paranoids This should help dictionary sales for Christmas? just like the American Dialect Society...IN 2016! How many genders are there Sexist, homophobic, anti scientific garbage. You cannot be born into two bodies at once. Gender ideology is an assault on women’s rights and places vulnerable kids at risk. This insanity could only happen to women, the most reviled group on earth.

Somebody says to me that they want to be referred as 'they' and I'll ask them, 'why, who are we waiting for?' Clearly the will publish and report on anything just so long as it is part of the liberals’ progressive corrosion of reality. This Fake News rag is as useless as it is deceptive, especially to a free society secured by, and founded upon, truths we find to be self evident

LibrarianMsL LibrarianMsL um I believe it's spelled puplisher* Wow! 'they' did? In related news, the entire NYT staff adopted 'they' as their preferred pronoun.

Nonbinary pronoun 'they' is Merriam Webster's Word of the YearSearches for the singular pronoun 'they' — commonly used to refer to gender nonbinary people — have soared 313 percent this year, Merriam-Webster revealed. Too bad James Acaster isn't here to see it. EdGambleComedy please let him know. Do You Agree With MerriamWebster With The Word Of The Year? this is why trump won

I think “unbelievable” ran it a close second. Thank you for sharing an important personal pronoun in English that has evolved over time. It’s very important to respectfully address every human being. Thanks ❤️ Maybe just call everyone IT Second place balloting went to 'it' Why bother when “me” should be the word of the decade 🙄

I can tell you my word of the year but I'd be banned MAGA merriam-websterful announcedwise the pronounful “they” as its wordful of the yearful on tuesdayful. the dictionaryful publisherful ... I...YOU...WE...THEY!!! Most misused word of 2019 I still don't use M-W. Oxford all the way.

Merriam-Webster declares 'they' its 2019 word of the year Merriam-Webster has declared 'they' its word of the year based on a 313% increase in look-ups on the company's search site. Did you really just tweet the 'T' word? Stupid

Social engineering gone awry

Merriam-Webster declares 'they' its 2019 word of the yearThe language mavens at Merriam-Webster have declared the personal pronoun their word of the year based on a 313 percent increase in look-ups on the company&39;s search site, Merriam-Webster .com, this year when compared with 2018. “I have to say it&39;s surprising to me,” said Peter Sokolowski, a lexicographer

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Merriam-Webster Announces 'They' as 2019 Word of the YearNon-binary pop stars like Sam Smith led to search increases of gender-neutral pronoun this year If they say so

The Merriam-Webster Word of the Year is “They,” and That's Huge for Nonbinary AcceptanceWith more people using they/them pronouns, this makes perfect sense. I'm more a fan of 'It'

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