The Company Behind MSG Urges Merriam-Webster to Drop ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’

Celebrities call out the dictionary's 50-year-old definition as racist

TV host Jeannie Mai gestures in frustration to a camera during an interview
TV host and celebrity stylist Jeannie Mai joined the campaign from a brand that sells MSG to undo decades of negative buzz around the flavor enhancer. Ajinomoto

Merriam-Webster is such an of-the-moment publication that it’s added terms like “gender-nonconforming,” “snowflake” and “bottle episode” to its arsenal lately, plus identified “they” as the word of 2019. As its editors say, “The English language never sleeps.”

@TLStanleyLA T.L. Stanley is a senior editor at Adweek, where she specializes in consumer trends, cannabis marketing, meat alternatives, pop culture, challenger brands and creativity.