2019 Word of the Year

Amanda Swank, Editor-in-Chief

Merriam-Webster has announced on Tuesday that the word of 2019 is the gender-neutral pronoun “they”.

With more and more people identifying outside the gender binary, the pronoun has become more common. According to Merriam-Webster, online searches for the word “they” has increased 313% from 2018.

In September of 2019, Merriam-Webster added the singular pronoun to their dictionary. This may have been prompted by celebrities like Sam Smith and Brigette Lundy-Paine coming out as non-binary, and using they/them pronouns. This concept of using “they” as a pronoun is nothing new, and has apparently been used for over 600 years.

Runner-ups for the word of the year include “Quid pro quo”, “the”, and “crawdad”.