[Ads-l] Mx to be sanctified by the OED

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Thu May 7 16:21:33 UTC 2015

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, as reported by Stuff of NZ (complete article):

The Oxford English Dictionary will consider including the gender neutral title "Mx" in the next edition, to represent transgender people and those who don't identify by gender.

The gender neutral honorific pronounced mux, will be an alternative to the traditional Miss, Mrs, Ms and Mr.

The pronoun 'hen' was recently added to the official Swedish language dictionary as an alternative to the male 'han' and the female 'hon.'

Up until now, those who do not identify as gender specific have had no gender neutral title to choose from.

Assistant editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, Jonathan Dent, told the Sunday Times the gender neutral title will be considered for inclusion in the dictionary's next edition.

Mr Dent said it would be the first stable of honorifics to be accepted in recent history.

The OED adds new words each year based on the popularity of their use.

Last year, 'vape' – meaning to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette – was added. In 2013, the OED revealed 'selfie' as its word of the year.


I don't think mux of the pronunciation.  (If Mx can be applied to transgender people, a better pronunciation would be "mix".)

? What does "stable" mean?  And if he used it, I think Mr. Dent needs to add his meaning to the OED.

Another article is at:

(Among other things, this one allows "mix" as a pronunciation, and doesn't use the word "stable.)  


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