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This week the Merriam Webster dictionary added a meaning for the pronoun “they.” They added –-used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary-–
This was pretty big news. Sadly in came just a day after the AP had an epic fail in using their own style guide regarding pronouns. This is a Twitter post from @ashleycdye correcting the brief:
It seems that some of us are still unsure of how to commit to the use of “they” as a singular pronoun. This usage isn’t new (700 years and counting), it is just new in the context of using better pronouns for trans and gender non-binary people.
Here’s the thing, respecting other humans isn’t up for debate. The words we choose when we speak matter. Making an effort to ask what pronouns a person prefers and using them
You learned what a bitcoin was, adapt to new words in your business life, and keep up with all sorts of new turns of phrase — that is language adaptation. This adaptation is far more important. Get with the pronoun.
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