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“They” Is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2019

“They” Is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2019

The dictionary-makers at Merriam-Webster announced Tuesday that they’ve named “they” as their Word of the Year for 2019. The pronoun received the distinction after “they” look-ups on the company’s website jumped 313 percent compared to 2018. “I have to say it’s surprising to me,” says Merriam-Webster editor at large Peter Sokolowski. “It’s a word we all know and love. So many people were talking about this word.” There were notable spikes in “they” look-ups in April when when U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal spoke about her gender-nonconforming child at a House committee hearing and in September after Sam Smith came out as gender non-binary. <div><br /></div><div>Meanwhile, here are Merriam-Webster’s 10 runners-up for 2019 Word of the Year:<br /></div><div><div><br /></div><div><ol><li>Quid pro quo</li><li>Impeach</li><li>Crawdad</li><li>Egregious</li><li>Clemency</li><li>The</li><li>Snitty</li><li>Tergiversation<br /></li><li>Camp</li><li>Exculpate</li></ol></div></div>

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