Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Gender Identity’ Definition of ‘They’ to Dictionary

Posted on September 18, 2019 10:19 am
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Merriam-Webster has added a “gender identity” definition of the word “they” to its dictionary, sparking concerns that social activism is already reshaping language.

Under the listing for “they,” Merriam-Webster has the usual three definition for the various contexts of the word, and then there’s the new fourth definition which states that “they” is “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.”

The dictionary also gives an example passage:

“I knew certain things about… the person I was interviewing… They had adopted their gender-neutral name a few years ago, when they began to consciously