What do gender neutral pronouns mean?| Updated on
A gender neutral pronoun doesn’t associate the person being referred to with any gender. Some languages (like English) don’t have gender neutral pronouns, while sone (like Chinese) are gender neutral in spoken form, and some (like Malay) are gender neutral in written and spoken form.
Different people and organisations have proposed various gender neutral pronouns (like “ne / nem / nir”) over the years, though none has gained popular adoption. This is likely due to a mix of factors, like the relative obscurity of the new terms, as well as the relative difficulty in pronouncing and using them.
On the other hand, the use of the singular “they / them / theirs” as gender neutral pronouns is gaining adoption.
Gender neutral pronouns are also known as “gender inclusive pronouns”.
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