READ IT | It’s Oxford Dictionary Official, ‘Mx.’ is the new Mr. or Ms. For Gender-Queer People
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The gender-neutral honorific ‘Mx’, pronounced ‘mix,’ is in the works to be officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary. ‘Mx’ is the preferred honorific for trans people or for people who don’t strictly identify with ‘Mr’, ‘Mrs’ or ‘Ms.’ In the last two years, ‘Mx’ has become an increasingly recognized prefix, with performance artist Justin Bond as one of the more notable figures who prefer the gender-queer prefix. As a response to the way words are adapting to an increasingly inclusive world, the Oxford English Dictionary is considering the addition of ‘Mx’ in its next edition.
Jonathan Dent, assistant editor on the OED, spoke with the Times and said, “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. When you look at the usual drop-down options for titles, they tend to be quite formal and embrace traditional status such as the relationship between a man and wife, such as Mr and Mrs, or a profession such as Dr or even Lord. This is something new.”
[Photo source: Justin Bond]