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Why the Singular Use of ‘They’ Was Voted the Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society

last monthHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

I think you should call people what they want to be called Mary Norris, known as the “Comma Queen” at the New Yorker, addressed the recent American Dialect Society announcement that the singular “they” was their Word of the Year and how to use the word as a singular noun. A lot of people thought […]

Comma Queen: The Singular “Their,” Part Two—A Gender-Neutral Pronoun

In January, the American Dialect Society named the humble pronoun “they,” used as a singular pronoun—along with its inflected siblings “them” and “their”—as the 2015 Word of the Year. This was an endorsement not of the singular “their”...Show More Summary

At Last, They Has Arrived!

A few weeks ago, the American Dialect Society announced the 2015 Word of the Year: the singular "they." (Lest anyone doubt the authority of the American Dialect Society, let me point out that its "word-of-the-year" event is "the word-of-the-year...Show More Summary

That’s Just What They Would Say

This post originally appeared on Sean Carroll's blog, Preposterous Universe. The announcement we wait for every year has finally come in, and the American Dialect Society has chosen their Word of the Year! That word is: they. It beat...Show More Summary

That’s What Zhe Said: As Genders Blur, Language is Rapidly Adapting

The English language, from titles to pronouns, is in the process of adapting to new cultural attitudes about gender. On January 8 the American Dialect Society announced “they” as its 2015 Word of the Year. Some may be surprised thatShow More Summary

"They" Wins! American Dialect Society Announces 2015 Word of the Year

4 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Bowie, prefiguring linguistic ch-ch-ch-ch-changes since the '70s. But I wonder if he was an "ammosexual?" 360b / Shutterstock.com Over the weekend, word got out that the U.S.'s premier linguistic society voted to award the singular "they"...Show More Summary

That’s what zhe said: As genders blur, language is rapidly adapting

4 months agoNews : The Raw Story

On January 8 the American Dialect Society announced “they” as its 2015 Word of the Year. Some may be surprised that the common pronoun beat out newcomers “on fleek” and “ammosexual.” But “they” didn’t win because of the way it’s traditionally been used as a plural pronoun. Rather, it won because of...

Gender-Neutral Pronoun “They” Named Word Of The Year

4 months agoLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

On Friday, the American Dialect Society named "They," used as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun, its Word of the Year in a landslide vote.

“They” is the American Dialect Society word of the year, as a non-binary gender identifier for some folks. https://t.co/VKVbKCPvVw

“They” is the American Dialect Society word of the year, as a non-binary gender identifier for some folks. https://t.co/VKVbKCPvVw "They" is the American Dialect Society word of the year, as a non-binary gender identifier for some folks. https://t.co/VKVbKCPvVw — Grant Barrett (@GrantBarrett) January 9, 2016 http://twitter.com/GrantBarrett/status/685845567772209152

Hip Hip Hooray For They!

The Washington Post reports some terrific news: Singular "they," the gender-neutral pronoun, has been named the Word of the Year by a crowd of over 200 linguists at the American Dialect Society's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on...Show More Summary

ADS Word of the Year is singular "they"

At the American Dialect Society annual meeting in Washington, D.C. (held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America), the 2015 Word of the Year selection has been made. The winner is they used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun. They was recognized by the society particularly for its emerging use as a pronoun to refer to a known person, often […]

The New Word Of The Year Is Going To Upset Some People

The American Dialect Society has just met. And it's made a very controversial choice.

Donald Trump may win this year’s Word of the Year

YAAASSSSS! (intj. “expression of excitement, approval or strong agreement”) This morning the American Dialect Society released its candidates for Word of the Year — which recognizes the most significant and innovative development in the way we spoke, texted and tweeted in 2015. Soon, a crowd of on fleek (adj. “excellent, impeccable”) linguists will vote to determine […]

Glottalization in Vermont! Back vowel fronting in Kansas! Words of the year! The American Dialect Society/Linguistic Society of America!

Glottalization in Vermont! Back vowel fronting in Kansas! Words of the year! The American Dialect Society/Linguistic Society of America! Glottalization in Vermont! Back vowel fronting in Kansas! Words of the year! The American Dialect Society/Linguistic Society of America! — Grant Barrett (@GrantBarrett) January 7, 2016 http://twitter.com/GrantBarrett/status/685212212286386177

Oxford Dictionaries Chose an Emoji as Word of the Year and Yet the Sky Still Hangs Above Our Heads

4 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Yep, still up there. Hasn't fallen yet. Kelly O Yesterday I wrote about my how much I'm anticipating the American Dialect Society's "Word of the Year." Some of the commenters on that article said that "intersectionality" and "microaggression" would be good contenders for this year, and I heartily agree. Show More Summary

Why We Should Declare an Emoticon of the Year

You've heard about the words of the year—Oxford's vape, Merriam-Webster's culture, and Dictionary.com's exposure, to name a few. And perhaps you're even eagerly awaiting the American Dialect Society's own WOTY vote, which will take place this coming weekend (I'll be live-tweeting from it!). Show More Summary

Is a Hashtag a Word? The Case of #BlackLivesMatter.

Well, I didn't manage to get an emoticon of the year vote added to the American Dialect Society's annual Word of the Year award (there’s always next year!), but we did end up with a new category that's almost as interesting: Most Notable...Show More Summary

'Salty' Was One Of 2014's Best Words

And that's not according to me, that's according to the American Dialect Society, who earlier this month held their 25th Word of the Year awards. Read more...

#BlackLivesMatter

last yearArts : Prospero

EVERY year several dictionary publishers and the American Dialect Society announce their picks for Word of the Year. It's a tricky exercise. Not every year throws up a new and obvious zeitgeist-capturing word. 2014 was no exception, so the different juries chose different compromises. Show More Summary

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