Every year the famous Merriam-Webster dictionary is notoriously known for sharing its word of the year.
The nonbinary pronoun “they” has been named 2019’s word of the year, according to Merriam-Webster.
The dictionary revealed that searches for the term have risen by 313% in the last year. Back in September, the Merriam-Webster added the nonbinary pronoun as an entry in its dictionary.
It was announced that the word could also be used to reference a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary along with three other separate definitions.
Merriam-Webster released a statement and said that the word of the year was determined by data.
“English famously lacks a gender-neutral singular pronoun to correspond neatly with singular pronouns like everyone or someone, and as a consequence "they" has been used for this purpose for over 600 years,” Merriam-Webster said in a statement.
The dictionary also pointed out that the term was prominent in the news throughout 2019.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal revealed in April during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Equality Act that her child is gender-nonconforming and uses "they."
Another celebrity the dictionary was Sam Smith. The singer announced in September that they now use "they" and "them."