Merriam-Webster embraced the nonbinary ‘they.’ What about Bay Area schools?

Oct 25, 2019 by

Merriam-Webster logo.svgThe nonbinary ‘they’ was big news. But it wasn’t new. Not to the LGBTQ community, not to many local students and not to Bay Area public schools.

On Sept. 17, Merriam-Webster announced it had admitted 530 new words into its record. Among them were “deep state” (a network of career government officials), “dad joke” (an endearingly corny joke) and “Bechdel Test” (a measure of female representation in works of art).

The word that received the most attention, though, was a very familiar word — one with an expanded definition. “The nonbinary pronoun ‘they’ has been added to the dictionary,” Merriam-Webster tweeted. “They” can now be “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.”

Source: Merriam-Webster embraced the nonbinary ‘they.’ What about Bay Area schools? – SFGate

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