[Ads-l] WOTY candidate (in some category)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 24 22:34:02 EDT 2016


On Tue, May 24, 2016 at 8:34 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> Are you ready for Latinx?  (Pronounced "La-TEEN-ex", we're told.)
> Gender-neutral version of Latino/a:
>
>
> http://www.latina.com/lifestyle/our-issues/why-we-say-latinx-trans-gender-non-conforming-people-explain
> http://latinousa.org/2016/01/29/latinx-ungendering-spanish-language/
> (NPR podcast)
>
> http://www.latinorebels.com/2015/12/05/the-case-for-latinx-why-intersectionality-is-not-a-choice/
>
> P.S.  If you were wondering, it turns out that "Latin@", which
> gender-neutral, is "binary embedded" and therefore so...2005, plus or
> minus.  I just wish whoever decided on "La-TEEN-ex" had sprung for an
> orthographic vowel between the n and x.  Either than or we need to start
> spelling our tissues "Kleenx"
>
> P.P.S. Sorry if someone (Ben? Arnold?) already posted about "Latinx"; if
> so I missed it.
>

I hadn't posted on it, but it's come up in Facebook discussions and
elsewhere. Along with "Latinx", there are a number of other "-x" forms
floating about, including "Chicanx"/"Xicanx", "Filipinx"/"Pilipinx", and
"Mestizx".

And in a related "-x" development, there's "folx":

http://wordspy.com/index.php?word=folx

--bgz

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