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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year

Make End-of-the-Year Designs Inspired by “They”

Say it loud and proud!

Shedding light on ideas that sparked the nation’s interest in 2019, Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year is an entirely data-driven look at what words people were looking up this year. And just what word was searched more this year than the year before, with an increased rate of searches as the year continued? Drumroll, please...

“They” is officially 2019’s Word of the Year! Linguists, typography nerds, and lovers of language—have we got a design challenge for you. It’s time to celebrate the new year by giving the old a proper send-off using language. In September, Merriam-Webster expanded the official definition of “they” to include its use as a pronoun referring to a person who identifies as nonbinary. Speak your peace and create new designs that feature “they” in your favorite font or set in scenes that tell it like it is. Sharpen those pencils and have your dictionary ready—it’s time to design for the Word of the Year!

Prizing Details:

* Grand Prize Winner (1): $1,000 Cash, $500 Threadless Gift Code, Merriam-Webster Dictionary Gift Pack, design featured on Merriam-Webster.com

** Second Place: $500 Cash

*** Third Place: $250 Cash

You could win

  • $1,000 cash

  • $500 Threadless Gift Code

  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary Gift Pack

  • Winning Design featured on Merriam-Webster.com

  • Second Place (1): $500 cash

  • Third Place (1): $250 cash

This challenge has ended, winners will be announced soon!

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