2019’s Word of the Year is…

2019s Word of the Year is...

Nevaeh Castro, Beat Investigator

The average person would never think about this word winning the word of the year, but as crazy as it sounds, the word of 2019 has been announced and it’s simply “they.”

Merriam-Webster has declared  the gender-friendly pronoun “they” as its 2019 word of the year.

The dictionary had barely included the non-binary definition of “they” to pages in September but said that searches for the word were up by 313 percent this year compared to last year.

The definition of “they” was one of 530+ words added to the dictionary in September, and reads: “Used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is non-binary.”

The word’s past couple definitions both referred to a group of people, animals, or things.

The other words that got voted out of this year’s top 10 are “impeach, crawdad, clemency,” and more.

“People were clearly encountering this new use and turning to the dictionary for clarity and for usage guidance,” Brewster said.

Many Americans refrain from talking about sexual orientation and gender identity because it seems delicate, or because they’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. This glossary was written to help give people the words and meanings to help make conversations easier and more comfortable