“They” Named  Word of the Year by Merriam Webster

“They” Named Word of the Year by Merriam Webster

The gender nonconforming pronoun as been named the 2019 word of the year after searches for the term increased by 313% within the past year. Image via Reddit     The definition joins three other definitions of the word and goes as follows: “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.” It was officially added to the dictionary this September. Image via ABC7 Chicago This choice should come as no surprise as the rise of nonbinary figures in the mainstream continues to increase. Just this year alone, we have seen Sam Smith and Jonathan Van Ness come …

‘Star Wars’ Terminology Added to Oxford English Dictionary

‘Star Wars’ Terminology Added to Oxford English Dictionary

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In recent years, the Oxford English Dictionary has been the center of of linguistic controversy, due to their unconventional additions to the compendium. For example, in 2015 the OED announced that the recipient of their coveted ‘Word of The Year’ title was the ‘Face With Tears of Joy’ emoji.   Image via CNN   Oxford stated that the emoji was chosen, because it was the ‘word’ that “best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015,” though it wasn’t met without opposition.     Today’s controversy, however, is being received much more positively. OED released a list of all the …

These New Changes to the Rules of Scrabble Might Spell Trouble

These New Changes to the Rules of Scrabble Might Spell Trouble

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The evolution of language is nothing to fear… unless thou art living in Medieval times, which, incidentally, is when the first documented use of the singular ‘they’ took place. Some people don’t like it when words like ‘bougie’ or ‘TL;DR’ become words in a more official capacity… even though, clearly, we’re already using them. We call those people ‘elitists:’ people who think language is sacred and untouchable, that Shakespeare couldn’t drop profundities and make dick jokes at the exact same time.   Image Via The Mary SUE   One of the greatest things about language is that it’s constantly evolving to …