Merriam-Webster’s 2019 Word Of The Year Honors Nonbinary People

In 2017 it was "feminism, in 2018 it was "justice," and now Merriam-Webster‘s 2019 word of the year is… drum roll please… "they." Apparently, use of the non-binary pronoun has become so popular in the past year that Merriam-Webster reports "lookups for they increased by 313 percent in 2019 over the previous year." Yeah, I think we can all agree that a 313 percent search increase is pretty dang significant.

For those of you who aren’t quite in the loop on why "they" has risen to such popularity over the past year, the people over at Merriam-Webster HQ offer up a great explanation. "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," they explain.

Then they continued by sharing exactly why "they" has become so particularly popular now:

In addition to the rise in searches for the term, Merriam-Webster went on to explain the pop culture significance of the term in the year of 2019. For starters, they noted that "Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA) revealed in April during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Equality Act that her child is gender-nonconforming and uses they." They went on to note that Sam Smith, the singer behind hits like, Stay With Me and Dancing With a Stranger, also revealed in 2019 that they use the pronouns "they" and "them." And that’s not all! Merriam-Webster went on to note that in the year 2019 the American Psychological Association took to their blog to recommend the usage of "they" over "he" or "she" when writing about people whose genders you’re uncertain on. Finally, Merriam-Webster concluded that "they" has become "increasingly common to see" as part of "a person’s preferred pronouns in Twitter bios, email signatures, and conference nametags."

Needless to say, nonbinary people are happy about the news:

Congrats to the nonbinary community for this great step in the right direction!

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Jeffrey Epstein ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts’ dad has ‘no doubt’ his daughter is telling the truth about Prince Andrew – The Sun

VIRGINIA Roberts' dad today revealed he has "no doubt" his daughter is telling the truth about having sex with Prince Andrew.

Ms Roberts claims she was ordered to have sex with the Duke of York while working for paedo billionaire Jeffrey Esptein as a 17-year-old in 2001.


She last night broke down in tears as she described sex with Prince Andrew as "quick and disgusting" in a bombshell TV documentary.

Speaking today, her dad Sky Roberts praised his daughter's "bravery" for speaking out, and said he believed her claims.

He said: "I have no doubt at all she's telling the truth. I've seen interviews with Prince Andrew.

"It just shows to me, and I think most of Britain that he is not telling the truth.

"She has no reason to not tell the truth about this and he has every reason to deny it because of him being a royal."

Speaking from Florida, the father said he had been tormented by the fact he was the one to have helped Virginia get a job at Mar-a-Lago where he himself worked before Ghislaine Maxwell recruited her to work as a masseuse.

He said he had even encouraged his daughter to take on the job to help learn more skills – meeting Epstein himself.

Mr Roberts said: "He looked like a regular guy to me, wearing jeans and a t-shirt.

"There was no way I could tell what kind of person he was. He seemed perfectly normal."

She has no reason to not tell the truth about this and he has every reason to deny

But he said he had no idea what his daughter was going through at the time – saying "it must have been killing her".

Mr Roberts said: "I'm furious – if there was anyway I could change it, I would."

Now, he said he didn't believe Epstein had killed himself, with the paedo financier having been found dead in his cell while awaiting trial for trafficking offences.

He told GMB: "I know he didn't kill himself, it had to be somebody from above who came and got him."

'I FELT SICK'

The interview comes after Ms Roberts told BBC Panorama how she had been flown by private jet to stay at Ms Maxwell's house.

She claimed she was told to "do for him (Andrew) what you do for Jeffrey" after a night at Tramp nightclub in London.

Prince Andrew denies the claims and says he has "no recollection" of meeting Ms Roberts.

Ms Roberts said: "Ghislaine tells me I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey and that made me sick.

"I just didn't expect it from royalty. I didn't expect it from someone people look up to and admire.

"It didn’t last very long. The whole thing, procedure – it was disgusting. He  got up and said thanks and walked out and I sat there in bed, I felt horrified and ashamed and dirty.

"The next day Ghislaine pats me on the back and said 'you made him really happy'.

"I had just been abused by a member of the Royal Family.

"I hadn't been chained to a kitchen sink but these powerful people were my chains."


Mr Roberts today revealed he feared for his daughter's safety after she has continued to speak out over the allegations.

He told hosts Piers Morgan and Susannah Reid: "These are powerful people she' dealing with."

And he added: "I feel really sorry all this happened. It did happen, and Prince Andrew should pay for it."

The Panorama documentary also revealed:

  • Five more women say Prince Andrew witnessed Epstein abuse them.
  • Leaked e-mails appear to show Andrew asking for help after sex claims.
  • A date on the back of their infamous photograph 'proves it's not a fake'.
  • Unseen pictures show the Prince at Ascot with Epstein and Maxwell.
  • An Epstein sex accuser says 'wild sex was normal as cup of tea'.

Prince Andrew claims Ms Roberts' account of their night together in Tramp nightclub in London and Ghislaine Maxwell's flat in Belgravia is "categorically untrue".

He says he was at a Pizza Express in Woking on the night in question in March 2001 taking his daughter Princess Beatrice to a party.

The prince added that Ms Roberts' claims that he sweated heavily could not have been true as a medical condition he had at the time meant he couldn't sweat, after suffering an overdose of adrenalin during the Falklands War.

Leaked e-mails obtained by the programme appear to show Prince Andrew begging Maxwell for help after Ms Roberts lodged court papers in Florida claiming she'd been forced to have sex with him.

Epstein was convicted of procuring a minor for prostitution in 2008 and was arrested for alleged sex trafficking earlier this year before taking his life in prison in August.

Prince Andrew was friends with Epstein and claims he went to stay at his New York home three years after the billionaire's conviction to tell him they could no longer be friends.

Epstein was found dead in his New York prison cell in August as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges.








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