World / Offbeat Jan 4, 2020

Singular 'they' chosen as word of the decade in U.S.

American linguists on Friday chose "they" as their word of the decade, recognizing the growing use of third-person plural pronouns as a singular form to refer to people who identify their sex as neither entirely male nor entirely female. Separately, the American Dialect Society bestowed ...

Bell of London's famed Big Ben will ring on New Year's Eve

World Dec 29, 2019

Bell of London's famed Big Ben will ring on New Year's Eve

Britain's Big Ben bell in Parliament's landmark clock tower will ring at midnight on New Year's Eve, marking the start of a year for the first time since its new face was revealed from under scaffolding halfway through restoration work. The work has seen the ...