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.