Merriam-Webster threw shade at people who don't know the word genderqueer

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Merriam-Webster sent some people running to look up "throwing shade" on Monday after they chided those who criticized their addition of "genderqueer" to the dictionary.

After Merriam-Webster added an array of gender-related terms to the dictionary on April 20 — including "genderqueer," "cisgender" and the title "Mx" — the dictionary used social media to respond to criticism it had received.

The result is pure shade.

Merriam-Webster Threw Shade at People Who Don't Know the Word Genderqueer
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Here are a few of the tweets that set Merriam-Webster off into its clapback:

Part of the problem is, of course, that many people still reject the identities of "genderqueer" and "cisgender." But, as the Washington Post points out, another issue rests on whether the dictionary should dictate how people use language or if people's word choice should influence the dictionary.

"The dictionary has to be a living, breathing, changing thing because it reflects the English language, which is a living, breathing, ever-changing thing," Dictionary.com lexicographer Jane Solomon told Mic in an earlier interview.

Merriam-Webster's Twitter feed over the past couple of days reflects the changing nature of the English language.

Merriam-Webster Threw Shade at People Who Don't Know the Word Genderqueer
Source: Giphy

To double down on its point, three hours after their "genderqueer" tweet, Merriam-Webster tweeted out the definition of throwing shade.

A+ job, Merriam-Webster. To the haters: "genderqueer" has arrived and it's not going anywhere.

Merriam-Webster Threw Shade at People Who Don't Know the Word Genderqueer
Source: Giphy

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Alabama

Resume 

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Alaska

Desire

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Arizona

Definitely 

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Arkansas

Diarrhea 

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California

Gray

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Colorado

Receipt 

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Connecticuit

Cancelled 

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Delaware

Paronycha 

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Florida

Gray

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Georgia

Pneumonia 

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Hawaii

Pterodactyl

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Idaho

Antelope

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Illinois

Gray

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Indiana

Gray

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Iowa

Gray

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Kansas

Gray

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Kentucky

Jealous

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Louisiana

Paran

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Maine

Frustrated 

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Maryland

Sincerely 

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Massachusetts

Gray

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Michigan

Gray

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Minnesota

Gray

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Mississippi

Niece

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Missouri

Maintenance 

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Montana

Diagnose 

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Nebraska

Seizures 

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Nevada

Gorgeous

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New Hampshire

Cancelled 

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New Jersey

Hanukkah 

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New Mexico

Anniversary 

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New York

Hanukkah

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North Carolina

Cancelled

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North Dakota

Gray

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Ohio

Gray

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Oklahoma

Hors d'oeuvres 

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Oregon

Hallelujah 

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Pennsylvania

Hanukkah

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Rhode Island 

Magnetism

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South Carolina

Resume

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Tennessee

Pneumonia

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Texas

Beautiful 

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Utah

Ornery 

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Vermont

Radiator 

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Virginia

Gray

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Washington

Vacuum

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West Virginia 

Relax

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Wisconsin

Chihuahua  

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Wyoming

Jealous

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