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September 19, 2019
Merriam-Webster Adds Non-Binary Definition for 'They'
Before you totally freak out, Merriam-Webster appended their definition of "they," Merriam-Webster didn't change the definition. Appended is a fancy word for "add." Since we're talking about words, I felt a little pretentious piffle was appropriate. As Merriam-Webster has a tradition of doing, they've added words and meanings to its dictionary in order to reflect the changing times. Let's roll tape.
The singular “they” has a long history in English, but the term as a non-binary pronoun is relatively new—and immensely important.
So Merriam-Webster has expanded its definition to include its use “to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.”
I'm not sure I'd say it's "immensely important" but I'm not a gender-identity geek. What with having actual accomplishments and an actual personality which is at least slightly more interesting than a houseplant.
The nonbinary pronoun 'they' has been added to the dictionary. https://t.co/tadl1VdfB0— Merriam-Webster (@Merriam-Webster) 1568734131.0
...and here's entry number 4 in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
—used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary (see NONBINARY sense c)
So there it is. "They" is officially appropriate to use for non-binary people lacking in personality according to Merriam-Webster. Yes, I maintain people who rush to gender identify as something other than "male" or "female" are sublimating their lack of any significant trait, accomplishment, or one iota of a sense of humor with some silly gender identity. Go ahead, tell me what non-binary person you know of who is interesting, compelling, or accomplished in any way whatsoever. No, fictional characters in shows about hedge funds do not count. Related: WATCH: These Lesbians Are Also Non-Binary and Desperately Need You to Care.
Now, I'm not sure we should blast Merriam-Webster for this choice. The dictionary is reflecting what's happened in the culture, they're not exactly shaping it. The dictionary gods also added "dad joke" and appended the definition of "tallboy" to include a giant beer. They're a book about language and have added to their book to reflect our language.
That being said, "virtue signal" is still without a definition. As is "deplatform."
But "woke" is defined as "aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice)" and "antifa" is defined as "a person or group actively opposing fascism." Despite the Antifa dweebs being rather fascist. Watch Why Antifa IS a Terrorist Organization.
Maybe Merriam-Webster are dicks after all.