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‘They’ Is Officially Merriam-Webster’s 2019 Word Of The Year

"They" has been redefined and may now be used to pertain to a person whose gender identity is non-binary.
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Now that the year is about to come to a close, you can expect all the year-end roundups and summaries that defined 2019. One such annual highlight is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2019. They have just announced that this year’s awardee is none other than the pronoun “they.” As per Merriam-Webster, lookups for the pronoun rose to 313 percent in 2019.

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The proper use of “they” has been redefined in September 2019 by Merriam-Webster. According to the publishing company, it may also now be used to pertain to a person whose gender identity is non-binary.

In October of the same year, the American Psychological Association (APA) also began endorsing the use of the pronoun in singular form, which may be used to refer to a nonspecific third person whose gender is unstated or unrelated to the given situation. The move to recommend the use of singular “they” was constructed by APA to promote “bias-free language guidelines” when writing.

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They say time heals all wounds, but it has been ages - is heartbreak exempted?

I have forgotten when was the last time we shared a smile - the last time when I saw the glow in your eyes and the last time when you whispered an I love you to me. I have forgotten when, but here I am - writing to you again.

I do not know if you will read this or you will just add this one to my proses and poems that you left unread, but you see, I am still hoping. I am mailing the pain of us to the gods out there - hoping they can take the pain away. I should have gotten over you, but instead of forgetting and accepting our ending, I am writing about us in tissue sheets, carving about us on trees, telling about us on the back of my journals, hoping that a thousand or a million write ups about us, can make me forget about what happened.

I am writing, waiting for the point where I can no longer write anymore, for I have none to tell - but when? I have nothing in me anymore, but the memories of us - and no matter how hard I try put those to its own grave, the memories grow back like lilies in the swamp - painful and beautiful at the same time.

No matter how hard I try to silence those and put it at the back of my mind, those ring back, playing like the favorite song we used to listen. They say heartbreaks turn into poetry and that is what happening to us - but poetry should be dulcet and dreamy, why does ours sound like pain and agony? They say time heals all wounds, but it has been ages - is heartbreak exempted? Darling, I guess not.

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