American language experts chose this pronoun as the word of the decade

American language experts chose this pronoun as the word of the decade

The pronoun ‘the’ (those people) has been chosen by American language experts as the word of the decade. It has achieved this feat by leaving behind words like “climate” and “meme”. Neutral pronouns are words that do not indicate whether the subject of a sentence is feminine or masculine.

The word ‘give’ is being used extensively in English by persons who identify themselves neither as men nor as women. They prefer to be identified with a plural neutral pronoun rather than the traditional pronoun ‘he’ for the male or ‘she’ for the female.

Ben Zimmer, head of the American Dialect Society, which studies the origins of language, said, “When a basic part of language, such as a pronoun, becomes an important indicator of social practice.

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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 05, 2020, 11:49 IST

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