Merriam-Webster Had The Best Response To People Peeved About The New Female Doctor Who

Six words, one truth.

On July 16, BBC announced the 13th Doctor — the title role in the iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who — will finally be a woman. Since Doctor Who's initial debut in 1963, only 12 men have portrayed the Doctor, but come 2018, actress Jodie Whittaker will be replacing Peter Capaldi in the highly sought-after part.


While many were thrilled by the idea of the first female Doctor, there were others who simply couldn't get behind the long-overdue gender switch up. In fact, "Dr. Who is a man" was a popular refrain seen on social media from those who refused to support a woman Doctor. 

It's worth noting, by the way, that Doctor Who is a show about a character who travels space and time in a phone booth, so though a female Doctor hasn't been appointed until now, the existence of one is certainly more than plausible in the world of the show. 

Thankfully, Merriam-Webster was able to quell the naysayers peeved at the prospect of a female Doctor once and for all with a straightforward, six-word tweet.

"'Doctor' has no gender in English," the well-respected dictionary declared.

In a little over 24 hours, that message has been retweeted more than 51,000 times and liked by more than 134,000 users, all of whom clearly understand that the Doctor isn't exclusively limited to one gender. 

Let's hope this cheeky clarification puts an end to the unnecessary outrage.

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