Dictionary.com names allyship as word of the year for 2021

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Allyship, an Old Noun Made New, is Dictionary.com’s Word of the Year.

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Content overseer John Kelly said the site, with 70 million monthly users, took the unusual step of anointing a word it added last month, although “collaborative” first appeared in the mid-1800s.

“It could be a surprising option for some,” he said. “Over the past few decades, the term has evolved to take on a more subtle and specific meaning. It is evolving and we have seen it in many ways.”

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The site provides two definitions for affiliation: the role of a person who advocates the inclusion of a “marginalized or political group” in solidarity, but not as a member, and “with individuals, groups or nations”. more traditional relationships of connecting and collaborating”. another for a common reason or purpose”.

The term is distinct from “coalition”, which Dictionary.com defines in a sense as “the efforts or merging of interests by individuals, families, states, or organizations”.

The first definitions of friendship began in the mid-2000s. In the summer of 2020 and after the death of George Floyd, the word white allies – and allies – as racial justice demonstrations spread. Prior to this, direct allies became involved in the causes of LGBTQ harassment, discrimination and marginalization.

“This year, we saw many businesses and organizations launching efforts to promote diversity, equality and inclusion very prominently, publicly. There’s a flashpoint around it. Eliship also connects to it,” Kelly said.

Teachers, frontline workers and mothers have been handling jobs, household duties and babysitting in the lockdown as the pandemic took hold last year.

Without an entry for “allies,” Kelly said the site saw a huge increase in lookups for “allies” in 2020 and a big increase in 2021. It was in the top 850 searches out of thousands and thousands of words this year. Dictionary.com broadened the definition of “associate” to include a more subtle meaning.

The terms “DEI” and “Critical Race Theory” made their debut this year as entries on the site, along with “ally.”

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One of the aspects of collaboration is how badly it can go. Examples of using the term cited by Merriam-Webster is this one by native activist Hallie Sebastian: “The poor ally is speaking out on marginalized people in order to take credit and gain recognition for the arguments they have made for the rest of their lives.” are deprived.”

On the other side of the Allies, Kelly said, “there is a sense of division, of polarization. That was January 6th” and the attack on the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump. The context has become a powerful prism.

In the Word of the Year game, other dictionary companies focused on the pandemic and its repercussions. The Oxford English Dictionary chose “vax” and Merriam-Webster chose “vaccine”. Collins Dictionary chose “NFTs”, digital tokens that sell for millions.

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