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Singular “They” Is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year (2019)

They/them pronouns are not only grammatically correct—as of today, they’ve officially scored the Merriam-Webster Dictionary seal of approval.

The popular English language dictionary declared singular they 2019’s Word of the Year (December 2019), citing a huge 313% year-to-year uptick in searches for the pronoun on its website.

“English famously lacks a gender-neutral singular pronoun to correspond neatly with singular pronouns like everyone or someone, and as a consequence they has been used for this purpose for over 600 years,” reps for Merriam-Webster wrote in a blog post announcing its 2019 Word of the Year.



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