[Ads-l] Grant Barrett on Dictionary.com switching to singular "they"

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Thu Sep 7 15:08:38 UTC 2023

'Grant Barrett, head of lexicography at Dictionary.com, told Mashable that the move reflects a broader shift in all forms of publishing that's been building for the last decade.

Barrett said that "they" is a signal to readers that any gender identity can be represented in an entry, including nonbinary and gender nonconforming.


"Language doesn't change everywhere, all at once, for everyone," he noted. "There's always going to be friction." '

See the rest at 
Dictionary.com embraces 'they,' adds hundreds of new words
by Rebecca Ruiz
6 Sep 2023

Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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