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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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