Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Oxford Dictionary Adds Gender Neutral Terms

In a bid to aid people better discuss sensitive topics related to gender, the Oxford English Dictionary has introduced gender-neutral words.

Editors said the latest additions were an ‘attempt to grapple’ with the sensitive topic.

These include ‘hir’ and zir’ as alternative pronouns to him, his or her, ‘peoplekind’ rather than mankind, and ‘Latin@’ as a gender-neutral term for someone of either sex from Latin America.

Meanwhile, the verb ‘misgender’ could apply to anyone who unwittingly or intentionally uses a pronoun that is not preferred by the person.

Also among the 650 updates were less politically-correct dog cross-breed terms, including dorgi (a dachshund/corgi mix) and a puggle (a cross between a pug and a beagle).

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