Merriam-Webster Announces ‘They’ as Word of the Year

The American English dictionary Merriam-Webster announced “they” to be its word of the year for 2019, according to CNN.

Merriam-Webster said that the reason for this was the word’s use as a gender pronoun by individuals who claim to be “nonbinary,” which they say resulted in a 313 percent increase in online searches for the word in 2019.

Emily Brewster, Merriam-Webster’s senior editor, said that while pronouns are already “among the language’s most commonly-used words,” the increased interest in “they” as a gender-neutral term resulted in a “dramatic” growth in searches for the word.

Recent “word of the year” recipients include “justice” in 2018, “feminism” in 2017, and “surreal” in 2016.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

Photo: (Photo by Joanne K. Watson/Merriam-Webster via Getty Images)

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