[Ads-l] Gender-neutral pronouns was :Mx to be sanctified by the OED
medievalist at W-STS.COM
Mon May 11 12:06:59 UTC 2015
On 5/8/15 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date: Thu, 7 May 2015 16:21:33 +0000
> From: Joel Berson<berson at ATT.NET>
> Subject: Mx to be sanctified by the OED
> 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.)
In January I was at Arisia, a Boston fan-run SF con and they had pronoun
ribbons for attendees/members to wear attached to their badges: In
addition to the male/female singular (he/him/his; she/her/hers) and
plural options (they/them/theirs) there were:
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
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