Earlier this month, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary added the words “cisgender” and “genderqueer” to its unabridged dictionary:
Cisgender: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity corresponds with the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth.
Genderqueer: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity cannot be categorized as solely male or female.
The company explained that it added the words as part of the ongoing conversation about “how society is expanding its discussions over gender identity, gender expression, and transgender issues: As conversations about gender broaden, the vocabulary used in these conversations is set to change, too.”
Vox reported that the company was receiving pushback against the decision to include the words. Merriam-Webster replied by tweeting the following message:
1) saying they don't know what 'genderqueer' means
2) asking why we added it to the dictionary pic.twitter.com/wsGZ7Y6XB8
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 25, 2016
“People keep 1) saying they don’t know what ‘genderqueer’ means,” said the tweet, “then 2) asking why we added it to the dictionary.”
They then reportedly dropped the microphone and left the room.
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