Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year 2019 is 'They'

Credit: Just Jared- Published on December 10, 2019
Merriam-Webster has revealed its 2019 Word of the Year! The dictionary made the announcement on Tuesday (December 10) that the nonbinary personal pronoun “they” is the official word of the year. It was added to the Merriam-Webster.com dictionary this past September, and lookups reportedly increased by 313 percent in 2019 over...
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Published on December 10, 2019 -  01:02
'They' Named Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year
'They' Named Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year. According to Merriam-Webster, searches for the word have risen 313% in the past year. The American English dictionary added the nonbinary pronoun to the term’s three other definitions in September. Over the past year or so, as people have increasingly encountered the nonbinary use, we've seen searches for 'they' grow dramatically. , Merriam-Webster Senior Editor Emily Brewster. The dictionary also revealed it had evidence of the word’s usage as a nonbinary pronoun dating back as early as the 1950s. Other highly searched terms in 2019 include "quid pro quo," "impeach," "crawdad" and "egregious."

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