Ben Zimmer, Jane Solomon, and Charles Carson, "Among The New Words", American Speech May 2016: In this installment we continue our consideration of items nominated at the American Dialect Society’s 2015 Word of the Year proceedings […] The overall winner is considered here: they used as a singular third-person pronoun, a gender-neutral (or “epicene”) alternative […]
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 […]
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
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
Talk about belated recognition. At its meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, theAmerican Dialect Society voted to make the 600-year-old pronoun "they" their word of the year for 2015. Or more precisely, a particular use of that pronoun...Show More Summary
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
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
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
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...
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 — Grant Barrett (@GrantBarrett) January 9, 2016 http://twitter.com/GrantBarrett/status/685845567772209152
A big night for the gender-neutral singular pronoun.
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
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 American Dialect Society has just met. And it's made a very controversial choice.
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! — Grant Barrett (@GrantBarrett) January 7, 2016 http://twitter.com/GrantBarrett/status/685212212286386177
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
We humans pride ourselves on our cultural diversity, but we’re not the only creatures that form unique societies. Turns out, two clans of sperm whales living near the Galápagos Islands speak different dialects — offering yet more evidence that animals have culture, too. Read more...
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