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coffeesp00ns  ·  2012 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: From A Symbol Of Athletic Power To A Symbol Of Gender Transition

There's been a few attempts. I see the occasional "Zie/Zir" or "Xe/Xim", both with a "zed" sound at the beginning.

But I think you need to rethink how you use "They" every day.

Say you are talking to a co-worker, or a colleague, and they are talking about a problem with their boss. you might say, "Why not talk to your HR rep and see what they say about it." (or you might not, depending on your opinion of HR.

We all subconsciously use singular they every day of our life, all the time.





steve  ·  2010 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    "Why not talk to your HR rep and see what they say about it."

I actually wouldn't say that. If I knew the gender of the person I would say it. If I didn't I would absolutely say "he/she".

    We all subconsciously use singular they every day of our life, all the time.

We may... but I honestly try not to. I'm not super sure about my grammar, but I still try to speak clearly and mixed pronouns bug me.

But who knows? Our language is evolving - and that may be the next evolution. And why not - we've got to be able to figure out a way to have these discussions. As lines of gender continue to blur in society, so will our rules of grammar that are based on gender. I wonder how other, more gender specific languages will adapt? Spanish ends words with "A" or "O" depending on the object. German is full of verb conjugations based on he or she. Exciting times!

coffeesp00ns  ·  2010 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I know in some nordic languages they have implemented the "Hen" pronoun, which is the Neutral. Herr being man, Het being woman, Hen being gender neutral.

Perhaps other countries will do the same, or perhaps gender neutral people in those countries will be referred to with the plural pronouns, such as "Ils" in French.