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Webster’s opts to take ‘they’ to new gender-free level as 2019 top word

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13.12.2019

Merriam-Webster, Inc., the American publisher of the eponymous dictionary, reveals its Word of the Year each December.

Last year, the honor went to "justice," mirroring a spike in society's interest in the principles of truth and fairness--or the lack thereof--under the Trump administration.

In 2017, the word was "feminism," due to the global Me Too movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault.

And this year? Somewhat surprisingly, the humdrum pronoun "they" took the crown.

According to Merriam-Webster, its use as a singular, gender neutral and non-binary pronoun has spiked in........

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