Yes, it is that time of the year where everyone in any form of media is losing their avidity for their vocational tasks around the holidays. The easiest way to replicate diligence while visions of sugarplums divert attentiveness (or, stockings filled with airline nips bottles of bourbon, whichever applies) is to issue ”year-end” lists.
As a sign of how pervasive this practice can be is that even professional lexicographers are prone to the indolent distribution of these trivial banalities. Taking things to the nadir of pedantic posturing and striving for the appeasing approbation of the perceived intelligencia, the scriveners at Merriam-Webster have disseminated their glossarial selection per annum and, to assess brazenly –they look like dumb-asses.
The word ‘they’
– was looked up 313% more this year than last.
– had a new sense added in September.
– is increasingly common in both public and personal communication.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 10, 2019
That’s just precious. ”They”.
The word of the year, according to the linguistic experts, is a base pronoun. Now of course, their explanation has everything to do with virtue-signaling and addressing the social distortion surrounding gender dysphoria and all of the arguments which follow.
This follows the past couple of years of M-W noting words that had a particular bent to them. Last year it was ”justice”, and 2017 saw ”feminism” declared WOY. What you have to enjoy is the news that there was a severe spike in people looking up a word they should have grasped when they matriculated to the 1st grade.
….but who needs to look up this word, though? ??♀️??♀️??♀️
— ❤️ (@_iamfauxreal_) December 10, 2019
People who want to find out about it's use as a singular pronoun, methinks.
— Sierra (@SleepyShivers) December 10, 2019
Probably transphobes who wanted to screenshot it saying "LOOK IT'S ONLY PLURAL" but then found out the dictionary didn't support them and ignored it.
— Eric Birdemoji (@Zendrick42) December 10, 2019
Yes, we are to the stage of politicizing words. And yet, while he rushed to an assumptive judgment, he ends up rendered insolvent in declaring what the dictionary does not support —
What’s another word for ”Oops”
Then, in the end, we believe there is only one proper way to have all of this summarized–
Just a reminder that there are still only two genders
— Gerrit Cole SZN (@NYYfan2442) December 10, 2019
DC and Marvel?
— Andy, the Social Justice Corsair (@CorsairHermes) December 10, 2019
Pithy and concise.