The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has added the gender neutral pronoun ‘Mx’ to the latest edition.
The title Mx, which would be the gender neutral equivalent to the titles Mr and Ms, is officially in the dictionary.
The title has been in use since at least the 1970s by people whose gender identity does not fit the gender binary – however this is the first time that it has officially been recognised.
“This is an example of how the English language adapts to people’s needs, with people using language in ways that suit them rather than letting language dictate identity to them,” said Jonathan Dent, the assistant editor of OED.
‘Mx’ isn’t the only word added, the verb ‘to MacGyver’ (inspired by the 1980s TV show) has also been included, with the definition, “Make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand.”
Other words and phrases that made the cut include ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’, ‘Manspreading’ and ‘Bitch Face’.
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