There's a new word that includes everyone...
Maybe you’ve just got married and resent everyone assuming you’re changing your name and title to ‘Mrs’. Maybe you think ‘Ms’ is a better title than ‘Miss’, but you’re fed up of explaining it to people. Maybe you’re neither of the above but you simply feel that archaic titles like Mrs, Miss or Ms no longer fit into this day and age.
Well, the great news is that there’s a new, gender neutral word which can be used as a title for absolutely everyone – and it’s ‘Mx’.
‘Mx’, which has apparently been around since the 1970s, has just been added to Dictionary.com – and it can be used no matter how you identify yourself.
According to Time
, the ‘x’ is used to suggest an unknown quantity, like it would in an algebra class.
The article explains: ‘One might use the honorific because they identify as bigender (having two genders), agender (having no gender), gender fluid (experiencing gender in different ways at different times) or perhaps just because they don’t feel like their gender is a defining part of who they are, which needs to be staked out for all to see right in front of their name. Mx. could also be used when referring to a transgender person whose preferred pronouns (he or she, him or her) aren’t clear.’
‘The need for a gender-neutral prefix seems to be very, very top of mind for people,’ said Dictionary.com lexicographer Jane Solomon. ‘We’re starting to see a real cultural shift in which people are talking more openly about gender. You have ongoing conversation about gender in the public eye.’
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