Oxford Dictionary’s Word(s) of the Year

Every year since 2004, Oxford Dictionary has announced its choice for Word of the Year. According to Wikipedia, the Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months but it does need to have become prominent or notable during that time. There is no guarantee that the Word of the … Continue reading Oxford Dictionary’s Word(s) of the Year

A Clean Sweep for “They”

It was a big year for the word "They". The word was chosen by Merriam-Webster as the word of the year for 2019 and by the American Dialect Society as word of the decade. Ben Zimmer, chair of the American Dialect Society’s New Words Committee and language columnist for the Wall Street Journal, noted a growing … Continue reading A Clean Sweep for “They”