This is a big deal for recognizing nonbinary folks.
"They" is Merriam-Webster's 2019 Word of the Year.
As a singular pronoun, "they" has exponentially risen in popularity over the last few years to refer to nonbinary people—folks who feel neither entirely male nor female. Other neutral pronouns like "ze" and "hir" can also be used, although "they/them" is most widely used among English-speaking communities.
Though so-called grammar purists have dismissed the use of the singular "they" on the basis of clarity, Merriam-Webster (as well as the Oxford English Dictionary) insists that it's totally OK. In September, Merriam-Webster officially added the singular "they," stating: "People have used singular 'they' to describe someone whose gender is unknown for a long time, but the nonbinary use of 'they' is relatively new."
The word ‘they’ - was looked up 313% more this year than last. - had a new sense added in September. - is increasin… https://t.co/5WbMa9BJUV— Merriam-Webster (@Merriam-Webster)1575980327.0
According to Merriam-Webster, lookups for "they" increased by 313 percent in 2019 over the last year. Sure, everyone knows what "they" means in a pretty simple sense, but we still use dictionaries to look up different usages of words and how definitions change over time. A few events in the news this year likely spurred the sharp increase in lookups: Singer Sam Smith and Atypical star Brigette Lundy-Paine both announced they were using they/them pronouns. The American Psychological Association recommended that "writers should use the singular 'they' in two main cases: (a) when referring to a generic person whose gender is unknown or irrelevant to the context and (b) when referring to a specific, known person who uses 'they' as their pronoun." During a House Judiciary meeting in April, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal stated that her child is gender-nonconforming and uses they/them pronouns.
While there's still plenty of work left to do in recognizing and accepting trans and nonbinary folks, "they" being the Word of the Year is a huge start. Though recognizing gender identity outside of the male-female binary might seem a little odd to some—and our current administration continues to pretend like transgender people don't exist—it's crucial that they/them pronouns become normalized, and it's possible to adapt. If "they" can be one of Merriam-Webster's most looked-up words of the past 12 months, it appears that, thankfully, more and more people are getting on board.
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Let's take a look at Nazi-inspired fashion.
Villains always have the best outfits.
Way more handsome than Batman. static.giantbomb.com
Maybe it's him. Maybe it's fascist ideology.
Pictured: A real thing Hugo Boss did. i.imgur.com
History of Nazi Chic
Very rotten, Johnny. i.redd.it
The dorm room poster that will ensure you never get laid. images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com
Lady Gaga looking SS-uper. nyppagesix.files.wordpress.com
Nazi Chic in Asia
OF COURSE. i.imgur.com
So the question then: is Nazi chic a bad thing?
The answer is not so black and white.
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The best way to celebrate Veteran's Day 2019 is speaking truth to power. #VeTRANsDay2019
With Trump's transgender military ban having gone into effect this past April, Veteran's Day 2019 serves as a bitter reminder of discrimination against the US's 134,000+ transgender vets.
Trump's ongoing crusade against fully capable service members, based solely on hatred of their identities, is an affront to human rights and a kick in the face to the personal freedoms that define Americans as Americans.
Now, in a beautiful act of acceptance for transgender veterans, Twitter users have started tweeting under the hashtag #VetransDay2019. And while the misspelling (it's actually "Veteran's Day") might appear so subtle that an average Twitter user could scroll past it with nary a thought, considering the sociopolitical circumstances, there's no doubt that #VetransDay2019 is a conscious act of protest against hateful right-wing discrimination.
Everyone from elementary school classes to football teams has voiced their support for transgender veterans. It's truly inspiring to see how accepting and open-minded the younger generations have become.
We are thankful to all of our veterans at CES! #TeamCES #VetransDay2019 https://t.co/Y1t1FwgvJc— Camden Elementary School (@Camden Elementary School)1573484117.0
Thank you to all that have served and that continue to serve. #VetransDay2019 https://t.co/KAqTDfa9Fl— NorthwesternFootball (@NorthwesternFootball)1573479982.0
One Twitter user even posted a suggestion that transgender veterans should get Veteran's Day off from work––a great idea if we've ever heard one!
IMO. If you are a veteran you should get a paid day off today. #VetransDay2019— Uncle Cocktail (@Uncle Cocktail)1573490050.0
But perhaps most amazingly, some Trump supporters are even reaching across the aisle to speak out in opposition to their beloved leader by showing their unyielding support for transgender peoples' rights. This Twitter user might not like the left, but that doesn't stop him from standing up for the transgender veterans who have bravely served America.
Happy #VetransDay2019 to those who've served to protect our freedom and liberty🗽. The left is determined to destroy… https://t.co/9CDvJM0OPF— ᒎʘᔕΞ¥ Ꮤ∆ᏝΞᔕ 🇺🇸 (@ᒎʘᔕΞ¥ Ꮤ∆ᏝΞᔕ 🇺🇸)1573495998.0
There are very rarely wholly positive news stories these days, but #VeTRANsDay2019 seems to have pierced through the turmoil, bringing Americans together in the name of supporting and advocating for some of our bravest citizens during a time when they need it most.
Of course, we must acknowledge the possibility that some boomer, in a blind frenzy of alcohol-fuelled patriotism, just misspelled "Veteran" as "Vetran," and then a bunch of other dumb boomers retweeted it. If that were the case, #VetransDay2019 would not be an act of protest, so much as it would be further proof that boomers need to get off social media. But we're choosing to believe the former.
Happy VeTRANs Day 2019!
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