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Good morning, PR pros:

Merriam-Webster has chosen “they” as its Word of the Year.

The word ‘they’
– was looked up 313% more this year than last.
– had a new sense added in September.
– is increasingly common in both public and personal communication.

‘They’ is our 2019 #WordOfTheYear.https://t.co/i7QlIv15M3

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 10, 2019

Along with a 313% increase of searches for the term, the resource publication wrote in a blog post that “they” was “also prominent in the news in 2019”:

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