Merriam-Webster’s Twitter account made a post yesterday remembering the loss of “thon,” a proposed gender-neutral pronoun used in the 1930s.
'Thon' (short for "that one") was a genderless pronoun in Webster's Second (1934). It was dropped from the third edition. pic.twitter.com/sEDj1smbsy
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) March 2, 2017
The dictionary publisher has been tweaking the noses of right-wingers for some time now. They’ve been making digs at the Trump administration’s fondness for using “alternative facts” and words like “bigly.”
And now, when the nation is debating a shift in the concept of gender, Merriam-Webster reminds us that all this is nothing new.