Quickies: “They” is the word of the year

New signs for scientific terms; the high risk of violence for bisexual women

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2019 is the personal pronoun “they” – Also, if you’re not following Merriam-Webster on Twitter, you are missing some excellent snark.

Deaf student creates more than 100 new signs for scientific terms – These are in British Sign Language, specifically. “As he delved into more complex topics, and learned words such as phosphorylation or oxidation, the signs that were used to communicate the lessons often took up an inefficient amount of time because they had to be spelled out with each letter, he said.”

Why bisexual women are at a higher risk for violence – “First, cultural stereotypes portray bisexual women as constantly sexually available, regardless of our consent. Second, high rates of substance use across the LGBTQ community leave us vulnerable to violence. Finally, biphobic harassment—being targeted especially for our identities—ups our risk.”


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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