You probably heard the news a few months ago, but the language is getting the necessary update, and Merriam-Webster Dictionary proves it once again by making “They” the 2019’s word of the year.
The institution in charge of language has shut down everyone who complains about the “confusing” and shockingly incorrect use of “they” instead of the pronouns “he” and “she”.
According to Merriam-Webster, “They” is a word “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary”. The dictionary defines “nonbinary” as “relating to or being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female”.
Popular singer and songwriter Sam Smith revealed recently that they are nonbinary and his statement influenced “they” to become the word of the year.
And it wasn’t just Sam Smith that contributed, but plenty of people have come out as gender nonconforming in 2019, and the reality is that language evolves, so we should too.
Believe it or not, the word’s popularity spiked by a whopping 313 percent, and even Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor at large said that he was surprised by it, and it’s a word we all know and love.