Merriam-Webster adds ‘they’ as a non-binary pronoun to dictionary


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — On Tuesday, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary added “they” as a singular, non-binary pronoun.

And while adding “they” as a singular, pronoun, the dictionary also added other LGBTQ and inclusive words to the dictionary.

  • Inclusive: A new sense has been added: “allowing and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (as because of their race, gender, sexuality, or ability).”
  • Colorism: prejudice or discrimination especially within a racial or ethnic group favoring people with lighter skin over those with darker skin.
  • Bechdel test: refers to a set of criteria used to evaluate a movie or other work of fiction on the basis of its inclusion and representation of female characters.

Then there were a few words that were just playful:

  • Vacay: a shortening of vacation.
  • Sesh: a shortening of session.
  • Inspo: a shortening of inspiration.
  • Fabulosity: fabulous quality, state, or nature.

And, surprisingly, coulrophobia only just now got added. It’s the fear of clowns. Merriam-Webster says that announcing this just after the premiere of IT Chapter 2 is totally a coincidence.



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