‘Twice-Exceptional’ and the Importance of Words

In a recent piece, Arkansas Democrat Gazette grammar columnist Bernadette Kinlaw explored dictionary.com’s newly added and updated entries for 2021. It’s a fun approach to language — especially for fellow word nerds — that explores the origins, newfound usage, and usefulness (or lack thereof) of words and phrases that have become more prominent in recent years.
Among the words Kinlaw specifically singles out in her piece for greater discussion is the term “twice-exceptional,” which now has its own entry.

The site defines 2e as:
relating to or noting a person, especially a child or student, who is considered gifted and also has a diagnosed disability, as a learner with both a high IQ and dyslexia.
For broad dictionary usage, that’s pre...


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