Merrriam-Webster dictionary now includes gender-neutral pronouns


One of the biggest dictionaries in English language has an update recognizing that the pronoun ‘they’ can be used referring to a single person whose gender identity is non-binary. And though this particular usage is relatively new, gender-neutral pronouns have a quite long history in English language. Gender-neutral ‘they’ is already mentioned in the Oxford English Dictionary and “We will note that ‘they’ has been in consistent use as a singular pronoun since the late 1300s… [and] regardless of what detractors say, nearly everyone uses the singular they in casual conversation and often in formal writing. ‘They’ is taking on a new use, however: as a pronoun of choice for someone who doesn’t identify as either male or female,” the Merriam-Webster dictionary blog post reads, adding that binary people might not get it, but people who are neither male nor female do exist and they have been recognized in historic documents for centuries, so they need recognition in the modern language as well .


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