This New Word Allows You to Leave Your Gender Unknown

This New Word Allows You to Leave Your Gender Unknown

Would you rather leave your gender unknown or undeclared?

Well now you can – thanks to one of the dictionary's newest additions, the honorific Mx.

According to TIME, this is a reflection of the culture's current interest in rethinking gender.

TIME reports that according to lexicographer Jane Solomon, this honorific has one of those rare, very-clear etymologies: Dating back to at least the late 1970s, the M was taken from the first letters of those gendered honorifics, and the x was attached to suggest an unknown quantity or thing, like it might in algebra class.

"The need for a gender-neutral prefix seems to be very, very top of mind for people," Solomon said. "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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