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US linguists select singular ‘they’ as word of the decade

Linguists from the American Dialect Society have announced that the singular pronoun “they”, used by people who identify outside of the binary of male and female, is their word of the decade. The organisation also separately selected “(my) pronouns” as its word of the year for 2019, which was “recognized for its use as an introduction for sharing one’s set of personal pronouns”. The society’s 350 members voted on January 3, and presiding over the voting session Ben Zimmer, chair of the American Dialect Society’s new words committee, said: “When...
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Sam Smith reveals their celebrity crush and the thirst is seriously real

Sam Smith has revealed their celebrity crush, and their answer was unexpected. In an interview with US radio station SiriusXM Hits 1, Smith asked who their celebrity crush was now that they are “super single”. They thought for a second, and then responded: “You know who came up on my phone last night? “Shia LeBoeuf. He’s so fit! He’s so fit, he turns me on.” The radio host implied there might be hope for the two of them, and said: “Well, it’s out there, it’s out there right now. For...
Boyfriendbrandon flynncelebrity crushDatingentertainment]Film and TVmusicnon binarysam smithShia LeBoeufthey/them

Sam Smith reveals their celebrity crush and the thirst is seriously real

Sam Smith has revealed their celebrity crush, and their answer was unexpected. In an interview with US radio station SiriusXM Hits 1, Smith asked who their celebrity crush was now that they are “super single”. They thought for a second, and then responded: “You know who came up on my phone last night? “Shia LeBoeuf. He’s so fit! He’s so fit, he turns me on.” The radio host implied there might be hope for the two of them, and said: “Well, it’s out there, it’s out there right now. For...
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Merriam-Webster dictionary just announced the personal pronoun ‘they’ as 2019’s word of the year

Merriam-Webster has announced that the personal pronoun “they” is the 2019 word of the year, with the greatest increase in searches on the dictionary’s website. Merriam-Webster lookups for the word increased by 313 per cent this year, compared to 2018. In September this year, the American English dictionary followed in the footsteps of the Oxford English Dictionary and Dictionary.com by adding “they” as a singular pronoun to reflect its use by non-binary people. According to the announcement by Merriam-Webster: “Although our lookups are often driven by events in the news, the dictionary is also a...
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Right-wing gay journalist is seriously triggered by the use of ‘they’ as a singular pronoun

An anti-trans gay journalist has gone on a rant in a conservative online magazine because he cannot comprehend the concept of “they” as a singular pronoun. Chad Felix Greene is a regular contributor to the conservative site The Federalist, and his portfolio includes articles such as ‘If we don’t ban fortune tellers, we shouldn’t ban “gay conversion therapy”‘ and ‘I crunched the data. The violence ‘epidemic’ against transgender people is a myth’. But on Tuesday, November 12 he took on another issue: grammar. Greene wrote an article attacking a decision...
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